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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 15th Rudest Citizens: 23rd Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 46th
The Constitutional Empire of
The Empire Shall Grow
President Dmitri Covasku III
Civil Rights
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Population18.55 billion

LeaderPresident Dmitri Covasku III


The Constitutional Empire of Zurkerx is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by President Dmitri Covasku III with a fair hand, and renowned for its daily referendums, infamous sell-swords, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 18.55 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, with Industry and Education also on the agenda, while Environment and Welfare receive no funds. 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 11,146 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 600,898 Zureus, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,331,500 per year while the poor average 54,476, a ratio of 61.2 to 1.

Celebrity wrestlers thumb their nose at due process, crowds of flag-burning protesters tend to accidentally become crowds of burning protesters, a violent scene on television results in mass mobilization of the National Guard, and it is not politically correct to suspect that a serially convicted burglar might steal again. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, probably because of the absence of a police force. 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 152,161st in the world and 14th in Zentari for Most Compassionate Citizens, scoring 6.82 on the Kitten Softness Rating.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 15thRudest Citizens: 23rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 46thMost Avoided: 50thHighest Disposable Incomes: 53rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 53rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 56thFattest Citizens: 59thMost Scientifically Advanced: 61stMost Armed: 64thHighest Crime Rates: 67thLargest Retail Industry: 74thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 75thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 80thLargest Gambling Industry: 97thHighest Average Incomes: 112thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 117thMost Rebellious Youth: 127thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 157thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 182ndLargest Insurance Industry: 195thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 196thHighest Economic Output: 256thLargest Mining Sector: 283rdMost Secular: 292ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 318thLargest Information Technology Sector: 367thMost Efficient Economies: 428thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 434thMost Cultured: 787thLargest Agricultural Sector: 789thSmartest Citizens: 865thMost Stationary: 1,507thTop
Most Inclusive: 2,067thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,796thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,533rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,237thLargest Governments: 4,269thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,631stLargest Black Market: 5,033rdLargest Populations: 5,890thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7,476thTop
Most Pro-Market: 7,783rdHighest Drug Use: 8,112thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 9,135thMost Influential: 10,151stNudest: 12,110thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,036th
Most Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the region

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