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Highest Crime Rates: 199thMost Armed: 205thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 229th
The A of the B of the C of the D of
New York Times Democracy
Don't mess with us, and we won't mess with you, friend.
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population10.931 billion

CapitalWt'kroiya Turayi
LeaderT'korov Eyeketrau
FaithReformed Christianity


The A of the B of the C of the D of Zjaum is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by T'korov Eyeketrau with a fair hand, and renowned for its deadly medical pandemics, compulsory military service, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 10.931 billion R'Koo-oi enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The minute, corrupt, outspoken government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Industry, with Education and Administration also on the agenda, while Welfare and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Wt'kroiya Turayi. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Wrau-yi economy, worth a remarkable 3,372 trillion wyis a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Soda Sales, and Gambling. Average income is an amazing 308,492 wyis, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Fistfighting vigilantes tend to suffer a lot of gunshot wounds, rebuilding efforts for a recently destroyed cathedral aren't expected to be completed for another century, comic books avoid plot inconsistencies by removing the plot, and travelers often bring empty plastic bottles on Air Zjaum flights to avoid the pay lavatories. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Zjaum's national animal is the woiwi, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Reformed Christianity.

Zjaum is ranked 7,669th in the world and 4th in The League for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring 8,139.56 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

Highest Crime Rates: 199thMost Armed: 205thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 229thRudest Citizens: 250thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 257thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 257thFattest Citizens: 270thMost Avoided: 299thLargest Retail Industry: 368thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 570thHighest Disposable Incomes: 607thLargest Gambling Industry: 632ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 843rdLargest Insurance Industry: 932ndMost Rebellious Youth: 1,127thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,138thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,387thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,609thLargest Mining Sector: 1,857thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,961stHighest Average Incomes: 2,014thMost Devout: 2,329thTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,467thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,483rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,718thHighest Economic Output: 4,387thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,591stMost Corrupt Governments: 5,580thSmartest Citizens: 6,928thMost Efficient Economies: 7,265thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,386thLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,669thLargest Black Market: 8,082ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,135thMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,263rdTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 12,051stMost Cultured: 19,313thHighest Drug Use: 20,243rd
Most Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 6th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 6th in the regionMost Devout: 7th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 7th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 8th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 8th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Black Market: 10th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 11th in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 12th in the regionLargest Populations: 16th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17th in the regionMost Politically Free: 21st in the regionMost Cultured: 21st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Zjaum was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : Zjaum was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : Zjaum resigned from the World Assembly.
  • : Zjaum was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Zjaum was endorsed by The Topian of SPode humbleD Minions.
  • : Zjaum's influence in The League rose from "Zero" to "Squire".
  • : Zjaum relocated from Osiris to The League.
  • : Zjaum voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Transgender Self-Determination".
  • : Zjaum was admitted to the World Assembly.
  • : Zjaum applied to join the World Assembly.


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