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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,220thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,537thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,541st
The Republic of
Democratic Socialists
Nothing
Influence
Page
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Zip44

Population3.393 billion

CurrencyDollar
AnimalFalcon

The Republic of Zip44 is a massive, efficient nation, remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, aversion to nipples, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 3.393 billion Zip44ians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, corrupt government prioritizes Defense, with Administration, Healthcare, and Law & Order also on the agenda. The average income tax rate is 71.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Zip44ian economy, worth 319 trillion Dollars 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 large, well-organized, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Woodchip Exports, and Book Publishing. 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 94,282 Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Among slaves 'bastard' is an honorific rather than an insult, prudishness is on the way out, intelligence agencies frequently invite passers-by into their secret vaults for tea and biscuits, and government officials have to mortgage their homes to make ends meet. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zip44's national animal is the Falcon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Zip44 is ranked 97,900th in the world and 239th in Nation of Islam for Rudest Citizens, with 50.68 Insults Per Minute.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,220thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,537thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,541stLargest Black Market: 9,678thMost Primitive: 9,753rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,909thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,764thTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,935thLargest Welfare Programs: 15,605thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,356thMost Devout: 18,837thMost Corrupt Governments: 20,362ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 22,514thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 23,650th
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 6th in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 17th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 25th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 27th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 31st in the regionLargest Black Market: 41st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 45th in the regionMost Stationary: 48th in the regionLargest Governments: 48th in the regionTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 52nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 72nd in the regionMost Influential: 72nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Zip44 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip44, government officials have to mortgage their homes to make ends meet.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip44, intelligence agencies frequently invite passers-by into their secret vaults for tea and biscuits.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip44, prudishness is on the way out.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip44, among slaves 'bastard' is an honorific rather than an insult.
  • : Zip44 was reclassified from "Authoritarian Democracy" to "Democratic Socialists".
  • : Following new legislation in Zip44, citizens compete to guess the time between the royal lady's contractions.
  • : Zip44 was reclassified from "Democratic Socialists" to "Authoritarian Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Zip44, on-duty Air Zip44 flight attendants are usually seen napping in first class.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip44, people have to sneak out of the country in order to have sex.

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