by Max Barry

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,148thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,366thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,452nd
The Federal Republic of
Democratic Socialists
In Nominae Pax
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Population673 million



The Federal Republic of Zhaoze is a huge, genial nation, notable for its smutty television, digital currency, and ban on automobiles. The compassionate population of 673 million Citizens are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Yan. The average income tax rate is 88.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Imperial economy, worth 40.7 trillion Credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is 60,461 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Elementary school students are required to master Bach's Chaconne in D before graduation, schoolboys who turn to watch pretty girls go by are given detention, citizens wishing to be parents must undertake a series of gruelling tests to evaluate their capabilities, and signs saying "No Poor People or Weirdoes" are common outside shops and cafés. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zhaoze's national animal is the Fer-de-lance, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Zhaoze is ranked 19,787th in the world and 10th in Grace of Gaia for Largest Governments, scoring 25.73 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,148thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,366thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,452ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,733rdNicest Citizens: 8,517thMost Inclusive: 8,935thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,065thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 10,073rdMost Income Equality: 10,081stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,488thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,641stTop
Best Weather: 11,688thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,551stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,173rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,264thMost Influential: 13,650thHighest Drug Use: 14,593rdMost Advanced Public Education: 15,172ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,396thMost Cultured: 15,907thMost Pacifist: 16,955thSafest: 16,973rdHealthiest Citizens: 17,157thLongest Average Lifespans: 17,648thLowest Crime Rates: 18,178thMost Valuable International Artwork: 18,295thLargest Governments: 19,787thSmartest Citizens: 22,806th
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 4th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 5th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 6th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the regionNicest Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 8th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 8th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 9th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 9th in the regionMost Income Equality: 9th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 9th in the regionLargest Governments: 10th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Cultured: 11th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 11th in the regionBest Weather: 11th in the regionTop
Safest: 16th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 17th in the regionMost Influential: 21st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 21st in the regionMost Pacifist: 21st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 22nd in the region

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