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Most Avoided: 11,071stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18,071stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 20,653rd
The Republic of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Nothing
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Rare

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Zip45

Population2.135 billion

CurrencyDollar
AnimalFalcon

The Republic of Zip45 is a massive, efficient nation, renowned for its state-planned economy, free-roaming dinosaurs, and hatred of cheese. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 2.135 billion Zip45ians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. The average income tax rate is 58.5%.

The strong Zip45ian economy, worth 130 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 slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Automobile Manufacturing, Trout Farming, 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 61,105 Dollars, with the richest citizens earning 5.4 times as much as the poorest.

Student athletes gaze forlornly at abandoned Falconball fields, hundreds of subterranean tunnels are being built as part of "Project Morlock", caroling is considered a public disturbance, and military pilots spend more time scraping feathers off their engines than flying their aircraft. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zip45's national animal is the Falcon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Zip45 is ranked 218,307th in the world and 7,848th in Balder for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring -15.94 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 18,071stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 20,653rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 21,586th
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National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Zip45, military pilots spend more time scraping feathers off their engines than flying their aircraft.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip45, caroling is considered a public disturbance.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip45, hundreds of subterranean tunnels are being built as part of "Project Morlock".
  • : Following new legislation in Zip45, student athletes gaze forlornly at abandoned Falconball fields.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip45, crime suspects are forced to submit to blood testing.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip45, territories have the right to secede if they aren't happy.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip45, members of the government all have oddly similar anecdotes about their childhoods.
  • : Zip45 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip45, students and teachers are regularly stopped and searched for symbols of religious affiliation before class.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip45, the "right of sanctuary" stops police pursuit into temples and churches.

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