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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 894thLargest Insurance Industry: 909thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 955th
The People's Republic of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Worker's Revolution Through Capital
Xi Zhang
Influence
Squire
Founder
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Zhengan

Population11.684 billion

CapitalHangzhou
LeaderXi Zhang
FaithState Sanctioned Atheism

CurrencyLuan
AnimalBengy Tiger

The People's Republic of Zhengan is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Xi Zhang with an iron fist, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, enslaved workforce, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 11.684 billion Zhenganese are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Industry, with Law & Order also on the agenda, while Welfare and Environment aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hangzhou. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Zhenganian economy, worth a remarkable 2,424 trillion Luans a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Retail, Gambling, and Information Technology. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 207,521 Luans, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,363,770 per year while the poor average 12,320, a ratio of 110 to 1.

International collectors know that a grease-stain on a work of art probably means it's passed through Zhengan, international war crimes are good for business and business is booming, drill sergeants yell in the ears of bespectacled nerds in cybermilitary "reboot camps", and it is a silent spring in Zhengan. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Zhengan's national animal is the Bengy Tiger, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is State Sanctioned Atheism.

Zhengan is ranked 3,548th in the world and 6th in Anteria for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 8,258.06 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 894thLargest Insurance Industry: 909thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 955thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,173rdFattest Citizens: 1,500thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,561stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,624thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,653rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,684thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,049thMost Avoided: 2,289thTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,548thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,620thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3,654thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,235thLargest Retail Industry: 4,300thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,905thLargest Mining Sector: 5,282ndHighest Average Incomes: 5,984thMost Efficient Economies: 6,076thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,213thHighest Economic Output: 6,400thLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,438thMost Armed: 7,845thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,856thTop
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 12,162ndMost Devout: 12,785thMost Ignorant Citizens: 13,945thMost Influential: 14,621stMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,846thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 17,193rdMost Stationary: 17,368thLargest Black Market: 17,753rdMost Subsidized Industry: 22,366thLargest Information Technology Sector: 22,412thHighest Drug Use: 24,098th
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionMost Avoided: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 9th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 11th in the regionMost Stationary: 11th in the regionLargest Populations: 12th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 13th in the regionMost Armed: 13th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 13th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 14th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 14th in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 20th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 20th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 20th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 22nd in the regionMost Devout: 29th in the region

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