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Most Secular: 1,898thMost Pacifist: 2,385thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,804th
The Logical Socialist Democracy of
Liberal Democratic Socialists Open-Minded Education State
To advance to the future, you must abandon the past.
Charlie David Hanson
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Zess

Population5.358 billion

CapitalCapital District
LeaderCharlie David Hanson
FaithModeratorism

Currencyexchange ticket
Animalimmortal jellyfish

The Logical Socialist Democracy of Zess is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Charlie David Hanson with a fair hand, and remarkable for its state-planned economy, punitive income tax rates, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 5.358 billion Zessians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Capital District. The average income tax rate is 93.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Zessian economy, worth 749 trillion exchange tickets 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 Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Basket Weaving. Average income is an impressive 139,852 exchange tickets, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Boys who take just one date to the high school prom are called 'losers', the nation leads the South Pacific in per capita stalking, ministers browse Alright! magazine for fashion tips, and vegetables are crisper thanks to CRISPR. Crime is totally unknown. Zess's national animal is the immortal jellyfish, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Moderatorism.

Zess is ranked 5,098th in the world and 172nd in the South Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 93.92 on the Human Development Index.

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Most Secular: 1,898thMost Pacifist: 2,385thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,804thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,806thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,036thMost Inclusive: 3,047thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,119thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,134thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,400thNicest Citizens: 3,454thMost Influential: 3,911thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,092ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,392ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,402ndSafest: 4,601stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,000thMost Developed: 5,098thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,449thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,465thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,527thBest Weather: 6,043rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,226thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,267thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,294thSmartest Citizens: 6,328thHealthiest Citizens: 6,827thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,102ndLargest Governments: 8,213thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,452ndMost Cultured: 9,508thTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 13,766thLowest Crime Rates: 14,954thMost Efficient Economies: 16,147thHighest Average Incomes: 16,682ndMost Income Equality: 17,651stMost Subsidized Industry: 18,073rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 18,817th
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Most Secular: 67th in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 83rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 86th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 95th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 97th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 105th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 105th in the regionMost Inclusive: 109th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 111th in the regionNicest Citizens: 116th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 143rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 153rd in the regionSafest: 154th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 165th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 166th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 172nd in the regionMost Developed: 172nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 174th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 189th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 198th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 201st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 211th in the regionBest Weather: 212th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 220th in the regionLargest Governments: 224th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 243rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 265th in the regionMost Cultured: 278th in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 431st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 454th in the regionMost Influential: 477th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 480th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 509th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 526th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 579th in the regionLargest Populations: 603rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 620th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 642nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 716th in the region

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