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Northern Zeph

Population182 million


The People's Republic of Northern Zeph is a very large, safe nation, renowned for its punitive income tax rates, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The democratic, devout population of 182 million Northern Zephians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 71.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Northern Zephian economy, worth 5.72 trillion dalleys a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Cheese Exports, Pizza Delivery, and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 31,441 dalleys, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Prolonged government investigations are a common revenge tactic among spurned significant others, political gridlock ensues as even the most innocuous legislation is vetoed by the Supreme Court for potential civil rights violations, lobster tastes best when it is red, and the government has legalised small-scale capitalism. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Northern Zeph's national animal is the serpent, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Northern Zeph is ranked 48,675th in the world and 755th in 10000 Islands for Lowest Crime Rates, with 69.6 Law-abiding Acts Per Hour.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 10,679thSafest: 10,687thMost Pacifist: 15,204th
Safest: 202nd in the region

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