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Most Income Equality: 4,046thMost Stationary: 10,679thLeast Corrupt Governments: 16,872nd
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Zulankan Outpost 102

Population8.643 billion

Currencyworker's credit

The People's Republic of Zulankan Outpost 102 is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, complete lack of prisons, and stringent health and safety legislation. The democratic population of 8.643 billion Zulankans 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.

The enormous, socially-minded, outspoken government prioritizes Welfare, although Education, Healthcare, and Defense are also considered important. The average income tax rate is 70.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Zulankan economy, worth 93.2 trillion worker's credits 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 slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Basket Weaving, Trout Farming, Automobile Manufacturing, 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 10,784 worker's credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zulankan Outpost 102's national animal is the leopard, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Zulankan Outpost 102 is ranked 47,617th in the world and 1st in The New Cooperative Union for Most Extreme, scoring 27.22 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Most Income Equality: 4,046thTop
Most Stationary: 10,679thLeast Corrupt Governments: 16,872nd

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