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Most Armed: 7,102ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,510thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 16,084th
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Zip550

Population1.484 billion

CurrencyDollar
AnimalFalcon

The Republic of Zip550 is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its teetotalling pirates, vat-grown people, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 1.484 billion Zip550ians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Administration. The average income tax rate is 52.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Zip550ian economy, worth 99.3 trillion Dollars a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 66,888 Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

The best-of-the-best athletes have been replaced by the best-of-the-mediocre, walls don't have ears, older ladies are inundated with offers to help them cross the road, and farting etiquette is taught in schools. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zip550's national animal is the Falcon, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Zip550 is ranked 225,041st in the world and 836th in Nation of Islam for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring -8.58 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

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Most Armed: 7,102ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,510thTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 16,084thHealthiest Citizens: 21,656thBest Weather: 22,098th
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Healthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 28th in the regionBest Weather: 41st in the regionTop
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Most Armed: 57th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 57th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 70th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 90th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 91st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Zip550, farting etiquette is taught in schools.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip550, older ladies are inundated with offers to help them cross the road.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip550, walls don't have ears.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip550, the best-of-the-best athletes have been replaced by the best-of-the-mediocre.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip550, several inches are being added to first class seating.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip550, immigrant herding has become a national pastime.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip550, the might of the entire Zip550ian Navy is focused on fifty bemused spear-throwing islanders.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip550, midnight pizza breaks are common among the work-from-home population.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip550, tipsy fans frequently invite themselves to the board meetings of sports clubs.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip550, the tightness of border controls in Zip550 leave a little to be desired.

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