by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,662nd Most Influential: 3,737th Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,261st
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Population630 million

CapitalThe Capital District


The Amateur Reporter of Zess is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its ban on automobiles, smutty television, and digital currency. The compassionate, democratic population of 630 million Zessians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

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 The Capital District. The average income tax rate is 69.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Zessian economy, worth 61.5 trillion Z-coins 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 dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 97,579 Z-coins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Doctors spend more time writing sick notes than caring for the sick, undergrads find their professors' mushroom experiments less psychedelic than expected, boys who take just one date to the high school prom are called 'losers', and crowded passenger trains are near-silent save for the soft tap of fingers on touchscreens. Crime is totally unknown. Zess's national animal is the neko, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Zess is ranked 77,125th in the world and 3,598th in the South Pacific for Highest Drug Use, scoring 65.6 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,662ndTop
Most Influential: 3,737thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,261stMost Pacifist: 6,564thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,797thLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,391stMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,621stLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,807thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,216thMost Inclusive: 8,292ndNicest Citizens: 8,326thTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,504thLeast Corrupt Governments: 10,303rdBest Weather: 10,393rdHealthiest Citizens: 11,213thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,418thMost Secular: 11,432ndLargest Welfare Programs: 12,334thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,458thSafest: 13,501stHighest Poor Incomes: 14,316thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,827thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,507thSmartest Citizens: 16,927th
Most Rebellious Youth: 163rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 169th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 199th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 217th in the regionMost Pacifist: 221st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 233rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 253rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 280th in the regionNicest Citizens: 285th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 296th in the regionMost Inclusive: 302nd in the regionBest Weather: 320th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 327th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 340th in the regionMost Influential: 342nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 356th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 368th in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 390th in the regionMost Secular: 397th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 414th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 439th in the regionSafest: 486th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 492nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 497th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 506th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 509th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 520th in the regionLargest Governments: 704th in the region

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