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Zwangzug

Population29.45 billion

CapitalZwischen
LeaderErin Splinter
Faiththe Church of Caissa

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Animalzebra

The Loquacious Lipograms of Zwangzug is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Erin Splinter with a fair hand, and notable for its national health service, keen interest in outer space, and smutty television. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 29.45 billion Zwangzugians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zwischen. The income tax rate is 100%.

The powerhouse Zwangzugian economy, worth a remarkable 6,371 trillion checks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology and Tourism. Average income is an amazing 216,335 checks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Many marriages go virtually unconsummated, the nation's politicians are known more for the internet memes they spawn than any of their accomplishments, political scientists despair as the national mascot election eclipses all others in voter enthusiasm, and crossword puzzles have been co-opted as a symbol of racial discrimination. Crime is totally unknown. Zwangzug's national animal is the zebra, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is the Church of Caissa.

Zwangzug is ranked 646th in the world and 1st in Wrigley for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 100.88 Effective Tax Rate.

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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 115thMost Rebellious Youth: 158thLeast Corrupt Governments: 229thMost Pacifist: 235thMost Advanced Public Education: 272ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 345thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 356thMost Beautiful Environments: 357thLargest Welfare Programs: 378thNicest Citizens: 481stSmartest Citizens: 497thLargest Publishing Industry: 501stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 561stHighest Average Tax Rates: 646thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 651stHealthiest Citizens: 803rdLargest Governments: 831stLongest Average Lifespans: 943rdMost Cultured: 1,039thBest Weather: 1,062ndHighest Economic Output: 1,147thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,175thMost Inclusive: 1,695thMost Devout: 1,762ndSafest: 1,948thTop
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Largest Populations: 2,210thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,646thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,931stMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,972ndHighest Average Incomes: 5,117thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,188thLowest Crime Rates: 7,404thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,796thTop
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Most Developed: 15,543rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,182ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 18,498th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Zwangzug, crossword puzzles have been co-opted as a symbol of racial discrimination.
  • : Zwangzug rejected a request from The Wooloo Pact for an embassy with Wrigley.
  • : Following new legislation in Zwangzug, political scientists despair as the national mascot election eclipses all others in voter enthusiasm.
  • : Following new legislation in Zwangzug, the nation's politicians are known more for the internet memes they spawn than any of their accomplishments.
  • : Following new legislation in Zwangzug, many marriages go virtually unconsummated.
  • : Following new legislation in Zwangzug, intellectual snobbery has the cognoscenti sneering at anyone who doesn't have an opinion on the semiological drift of Umberto Eco's works.
  • : Following new legislation in Zwangzug, grinding bureaucracy has the international wheels of justice turning slowly.
  • : Zwangzug was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Foreign Aid Spending.
  • : Following new legislation in Zwangzug, heartfelt sentiments are mercilessly marketed by a million-check treacle machine.
  • : Following new legislation in Zwangzug, trails to natural wonders are littered with trash from reality film crews.

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