by Max Barry

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 346thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 485thHighest Poor Incomes: 621st
The Elysian Fields of
Father Knows Best State
The greatest happiness is to vanquish your enemies
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population7.522 billion

CapitalNew Charlestown
LeaderKing Charles

CurrencyCavalier coin
AnimalCavalier King Charles spaniel

The Elysian Fields of ZOO288 is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by King Charles with an iron fist, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, free-roaming dinosaurs, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 7.522 billion Cavaliers 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 government prioritizes Defense, although Education and Environment are also considered important, while Spirituality and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Charlestown. The average income tax rate is 86.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Cavalierian economy, worth a remarkable 2,723 trillion Cavalier coins 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. 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 an amazing 362,067 Cavalier coins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Ghost regiments exist only on paper, foreign policy often involves bullwhips and leather, hipster cyclists declare that "metal is dead", and the military refers to helpless combatants offering surrender as "sitting ducks". Crime is totally unknown. ZOO288's national animal is the Cavalier King Charles spaniel, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Cavaliers.

ZOO288 is ranked 50,016th in the world and 91st in The Eternal Order for Most Income Equality, scoring 60.47 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 346thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 485thHighest Poor Incomes: 621stLargest Information Technology Sector: 646thMost Patriotic: 647thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 898thLargest Publishing Industry: 954thMost Armed: 1,047thNudest: 1,145thMost Cultured: 1,150thMost Secular: 1,313thHighest Average Incomes: 1,321stLargest Black Market: 1,338thRudest Citizens: 1,607thSmartest Citizens: 2,101stMost Advanced Public Education: 2,388thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,430thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,581stTop
Most Developed: 3,078thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,530thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,785thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,071stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,053rdHighest Food Quality: 5,300thLargest Governments: 5,552ndMost Rebellious Youth: 5,633rdHighest Economic Output: 6,494thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,196thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8,323rdMost Efficient Economies: 9,117thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,374thLargest Retail Industry: 13,062ndTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 14,162ndLongest Average Lifespans: 17,195thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,725thMost Valuable International Artwork: 20,696thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 24,320thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 24,649th
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Patriotic: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionNudest: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionMost Armed: 5th in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 7th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 14th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 15th in the regionLargest Populations: 16th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 20th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 21st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 22nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 24th in the regionTop
Largest Retail Industry: 29th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 39th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 42nd in the regionMost Stationary: 44th in the regionMost Influential: 52nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 54th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in ZOO288, the military refers to helpless combatants offering surrender as "sitting ducks".
  • : Following new legislation in ZOO288, hipster cyclists declare that "metal is dead".
  • : Following new legislation in ZOO288, foreign policy often involves bullwhips and leather.
  • : Following new legislation in ZOO288, ghost regiments exist only on paper.
  • : Following new legislation in ZOO288, there is a growing belief that consciousness is a simulated illusion within a computer-generated reality.
  • : Following new legislation in ZOO288, every new building project has to undergo a five-year environmental impact study before it can go ahead.
  • : Following new legislation in ZOO288, the alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit.
  • : Following new legislation in ZOO288, the army's use of chemical weapons leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
  • : Following new legislation in ZOO288, mathematicians are gathering an infinite number of Cavalier King Charles spaniels and typewriters to see if they can recreate the works of Max Barry.
  • : Following new legislation in ZOO288, crossword puzzles have been co-opted as a symbol of racial discrimination.