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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,086th Safest: 1,879th Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,186th
The Democratic Social Republic of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Progress at any rate
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Widely Abused

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The Democratic Social Republic of Zonolia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Kim Berloni with a fair hand, and remarkable for its anti-smoking policies, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 16.129 billion Zonolians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, corrupt, outspoken government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zuritz. The average income tax rate is 97.0%.

The strong Zonolian economy, worth a remarkable 1,544 trillion Zonolian Dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Uranium Mining industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is 95,751 Zonolian Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Many mayors are barely in office before being kicked out for minor parking violations, coalition governments are essential to passing new laws, the government keeps introducing new foreign species to combat the previous ones it has introduced, and refugees from other nations are flocking to Zonolia's border. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zonolia's national animal is the Zonolian Hawk, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Secularism.

Zonolia is ranked 156,897th in the world and 4,378th in Balder for Most Primitive, scoring -163.66 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,086thTop
Safest: 1,879thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,186thLowest Crime Rates: 2,724thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,826thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,877thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,444thLargest Governments: 4,822ndMost Politically Free: 4,911thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,569thLargest Populations: 6,069thHighest Economic Output: 6,683rdMost Advanced Public Education: 6,886thMost Pacifist: 7,121stHealthiest Citizens: 8,447thTop
Smartest Citizens: 12,155thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,963rdMost Subsidized Industry: 14,820thMost Income Equality: 16,191stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,963rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,135thMost Cultured: 17,324thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,722nd
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 63rd in the regionSafest: 71st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 98th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 115th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 128th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 133rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 133rd in the regionLargest Populations: 139th in the regionMost Politically Free: 199th in the regionLargest Governments: 207th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 235th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 276th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 287th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 289th in the regionMost Pacifist: 338th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 355th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 461st in the regionMost Income Equality: 463rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 548th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Zonolia's influence in Balder rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Zonolia's influence in Balder rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Zonolia's influence in Balder rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Zonolia's influence in Balder rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Zonolia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Healthiest Citizens and the Top 10% for Most Cultured, Most World Assembly Endorsements, Most Eco-Friendly Governments, and Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Zonolia was refounded in Balder.
  • : Zonolia ceased to exist in Lazarus.
  • : Zonolia's influence in Lazarus rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Zonolia's influence in Lazarus rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Zonolia was refounded in Lazarus.


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