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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 21stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 43rdRudest Citizens: 50th
The Constitutional Empire of
The Empire Shall Grow
President Dmitri Covasku III
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Population25.55 billion

LeaderPresident Dmitri Covasku III


The Constitutional Empire of Zurkerx is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by President Dmitri Covasku III with a fair hand, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, daily referendums, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 25.55 billion Zurks live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, corrupt, liberal, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Defense, although Industry and Education are also considered important, while Environment and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Moskova. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Zurk economy, worth an astonishing 16,221 trillion Zureus a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Soda Sales, and Gambling. Average income is a breathtaking 634,901 Zureus, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,019,542 per year while the poor average 78,616, a ratio of 38.4 to 1.

Computer users are buried daily in thousands of unsolicited emails, citizens simply have to point a weapon at a government official to get what they want, it's considered providence that the political lexicon contains a syrup of company slogans, and wars of expansion are described as "peacekeeping operations". 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. Zurkerx's national animal is the Buffalo, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Atheism.

Zurkerx is ranked 285,551st in the world and 6th in Zentari for Highest Average Tax Rates, with -20.08 Effective Tax Rate.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 21stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 43rdRudest Citizens: 50thHighest Disposable Incomes: 51stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 60thFattest Citizens: 62ndMost Avoided: 73rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 74thMost Armed: 76thHighest Crime Rates: 77thLargest Gambling Industry: 80thMost Rebellious Youth: 105thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 109thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 113thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 131stMost Scientifically Advanced: 137thHighest Average Incomes: 140thLargest Retail Industry: 149thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 171stHighest Economic Output: 191stLargest Insurance Industry: 196thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 199thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 215thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 220thMost Efficient Economies: 224thMost Secular: 307thLargest Mining Sector: 316thLargest Agricultural Sector: 346thLargest Information Technology Sector: 566thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 767thSmartest Citizens: 849thMost Cultured: 859thMost Stationary: 1,183rdMost Inclusive: 1,777thMost Patriotic: 2,126thTop
Largest Governments: 3,601stMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,741stLargest Publishing Industry: 3,807thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,011thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,483rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,576thLargest Populations: 5,322ndMost Influential: 9,225thLargest Black Market: 9,786thNudest: 10,094thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,405thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 17,858thHighest Poor Incomes: 20,382ndHighest Drug Use: 27,230th

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