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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,202ndLargest Mining Sector: 8,511thLargest Gambling Industry: 16,116th
The Republic of
Father Knows Best State
Nothing
Influence
Nipper
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
Rare

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Zip577

Population993 million

CurrencyDollar
AnimalRat

The Republic of Zip577 is a huge, orderly nation, renowned for its otherworldly petting zoo, free-roaming dinosaurs, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 993 million Zip577ians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Administration. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 35.8%.

The very strong Zip577ian economy, worth 71.6 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, fairly diversified black market in Uranium Mining, Gambling, Cheese Exports, and Soda Sales. 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 72,147 Dollars, with the richest citizens earning 6.5 times as much as the poorest.

Bereaved families are assigned a new housemate the day after the funeral, mining safety laws are often more expensive than what's being mined, Leader has just been declared ruler of Zip577 in an international press conference, and the "feminist protest" defence is increasingly common for cases of armed robbery. Crime, especially youth-related, is relatively low, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zip577's national animal is the Rat, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Zip577 is ranked 26,921st in the world and 676th in The East Pacific for Largest Black Market, with 10.5 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,202ndLargest Mining Sector: 8,511thTop
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Largest Gambling Industry: 16,116thMost Avoided: 18,332ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 21,501st
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 209th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 247th in the regionTop
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Largest Gambling Industry: 499th in the regionMost Avoided: 633rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 676th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 684th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Zip577 altered its national flag.
  • : Zip577 altered its national flag.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip577, the "feminist protest" defence is increasingly common for cases of armed robbery.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip577, Leader has just been declared ruler of Zip577 in an international press conference.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip577, mining safety laws are often more expensive than what's being mined.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip577, bereaved families are assigned a new housemate the day after the funeral.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip577, the national guard is mobilized whenever a mother gets separated from her child at the mall.
  • : Zip577 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Mining Sector and the Top 10% for Most Avoided.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip577, the military is researching proton packs and PK-meters to combat "unseen enemy forces".
  • : Following new legislation in Zip577, the country's famous rainforests are being bulldozed by the mining industry.

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