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Most Secular: 739thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 979thNudest: 1,129th
The Elysian Fields of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
All foxes by nature desire knowledge
Influence
Squire
Region
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Below Average

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ZOO288

Population3.874 billion

CapitalNew Foxford
LeaderThe Black Fox sisters
Faithteumessian fox

CurrencyBlack Fox coin
AnimalFennec Fox

The Elysian Fields of ZOO288 is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by The Black Fox sisters with an even hand, and notable for its daily referendums, punitive income tax rates, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 3.874 billion ZOO288ians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Foxford. The average income tax rate is 56.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient ZOO288ian economy, worth 980 trillion Black Fox 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, fairly diversified 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 253,158 Black Fox coins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings, Red Cross demand for body bags is rising while sutures go unused, cleaners are very careful not to bump into the big red button on The Black Fox sisters's desk, and schoolyard sandboxes resemble ashtrays due to the large number of cigarette butts. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. ZOO288's national animal is the Fennec Fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is teumessian fox.

ZOO288 is ranked 69,500th in the world and 32nd in Underworld for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 2,457.47 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Most Secular: 739thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 979thNudest: 1,129thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,230thMost Armed: 1,448thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,874thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,063rdMost Cultured: 2,089thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,213thTop
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Rudest Citizens: 2,809thHighest Average Incomes: 3,248thLargest Black Market: 3,534thSmartest Citizens: 4,208thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,316thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,623rdMost Developed: 4,862ndMost Beautiful Environments: 4,868thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,155thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,950thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,985thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,173rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,728thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 10,854thLargest Retail Industry: 11,264thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 12,052ndLargest Governments: 12,381stLowest Crime Rates: 13,061stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,486thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13,986thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15,218thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,819thMost Efficient Economies: 15,940thMost Valuable International Artwork: 17,069thHighest Economic Output: 17,442ndLongest Average Lifespans: 19,699th
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6th in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 7th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 8th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 10th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 10th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 11th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 11th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 11th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 12th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : ZOO288 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : ZOO288 was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes and the Top 5% for Largest Soda Pop Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in ZOO288, schoolyard sandboxes resemble ashtrays due to the large number of cigarette butts.
  • : Following new legislation in ZOO288, cleaners are very careful not to bump into the big red button on The Black Fox sisters's desk.
  • : Following new legislation in ZOO288, Red Cross demand for body bags is rising while sutures go unused.
  • : Following new legislation in ZOO288, conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings.
  • : Following new legislation in ZOO288, the nation's navy has been named the scourge of the seven thousand seas.
  • : Following new legislation in ZOO288, libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars.
  • : Following new legislation in ZOO288, construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway.
  • : Following new legislation in ZOO288, a vast monorail network carries people all over the country.

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