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Zemjanska Sodruzhstvo

Population220 million


The Commonwealth of Zemjanska Sodruzhstvo is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its compulsory military service, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, cynical population of 220 million Terrans are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Defense, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 70.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Terran economy, worth 1.57 trillion credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is mostly made up of the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is 7,130 credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Crime suspects are forced to submit to blood testing, children who can't memorize their multiplication tables are sent to the mines, it's harder to qualify for IVF than for a good university, and all major public areas are watched by police surveillance cameras. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zemjanska Sodruzhstvo's national animal is the eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Zemjanska Sodruzhstvo is ranked 175,576th in the world and 5,790th in Balder for Least Corrupt Governments, with 90.7 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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