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Most Influential: 69th Largest Publishing Industry: 264th Most Efficient Economies: 449th
The Holy Empire of
Democratic Socialists
In saecula saeculorum.
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population19.622 billion

Leaderthe Chancellor


The Holy Empire of Zyrcrestia is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by the Chancellor with an even hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, anti-smoking policies, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 19.622 billion Zyrcrestians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The relatively small, socially-minded government is primarily concerned with Education, although Environment, Healthcare, and Law & Order are also considered important, while Social Policy and Spirituality receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zyrtulai. The average income tax rate is 37.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Zyrcrestian economy, worth a remarkable 4,360 trillion zyrces a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 222,237 zyrces, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

The mining industry has taken a hit from tighter environmental regulations, solid-gold toilets are Zyrcrestian prisons' least expensive furnishings, dictionary sales have hit an all-time high, and human tissue is grown in vats as a delicacy as well as for transplants. Crime is totally unknown. Zyrcrestia's national animal is the raven, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Catholicism.

Zyrcrestia is ranked 118,709th in the world and 878th in 10000 Islands for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 352.88 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Most Influential: 69thLargest Publishing Industry: 264thMost Efficient Economies: 449thMost Devout: 574thLeast Corrupt Governments: 842ndMost Cultured: 960thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,025thSafest: 1,463rdTop
Most Developed: 1,601stSmartest Citizens: 1,687thHighest Economic Output: 1,863rdMost Beautiful Environments: 2,240thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,289thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,406thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,544thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,607thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,667thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,323rdHighest Average Incomes: 4,165thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,166thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,355thHealthiest Citizens: 4,521stMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,779thLowest Crime Rates: 5,173rdMost Rebellious Youth: 5,337thMost Stationary: 5,419thLargest Populations: 5,467thBest Weather: 6,818thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,303rdTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 7,839thLargest Governments: 8,452ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,103rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,447thLargest Retail Industry: 9,538thMost Pacifist: 9,583rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 10,039thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,053rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,660thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,412th
Most Devout: 5th in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 16th in the regionMost Influential: 18th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 27th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 28th in the regionMost Cultured: 30th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 37th in the regionSafest: 37th in the regionMost Developed: 38th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 40th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 44th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 44th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 49th in the regionLargest Populations: 51st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 54th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 56th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 59th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 59th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 73rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 75th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 77th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 79th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 85th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 94th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 95th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 100th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 104th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 108th in the region

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