by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,754th Most Influential: 3,868th Most Rebellious Youth: 6,781st
The Nation of
Democratic Socialists Hell
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Population602 million

CapitalThe Capital District


The Nation of Zess is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its ban on automobiles, daily referendums, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 602 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, Healthcare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Capital District. The average income tax rate is 68.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Zessian economy, worth 56.5 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, Basket Weaving, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is 93,859 Z-coins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Government officials raid public buildings to remove all mention of G*d or r******n, vacationers and business travelers are often warned that they may lose the right to vote if they spend too much time overseas, tourists outnumber citizens two to one, and the government spends more on chasing distant comets than on basic infrastructure. Crime is totally unknown. Zess's national animal is the neko, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Zess is ranked 6,787th in the world and 211th in the South Pacific for Highest Workforce Participation Rate, with 79.37 Workforce Participation Rate.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,754thMost Influential: 3,868thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,781stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,787thMost Pacifist: 6,794thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,735thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,102ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,291stNicest Citizens: 8,568thTop
Most Inclusive: 8,942ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,438thLargest Agricultural Sector: 10,567thBest Weather: 10,980thHealthiest Citizens: 11,167thMost Secular: 11,344thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,349thLeast Corrupt Governments: 11,476thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,922ndLargest Welfare Programs: 13,456thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,507thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,540thSafest: 15,760th
Most Rebellious Youth: 163rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 181st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 208th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 211th in the regionMost Pacifist: 227th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 265th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 278th in the regionNicest Citizens: 290th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 291st in the regionMost Inclusive: 321st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 335th in the regionBest Weather: 336th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 346th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 348th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 348th in the regionMost Influential: 353rd in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 382nd in the regionMost Secular: 396th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 446th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 454th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 462nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 489th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 533rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 533rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 542nd in the regionSafest: 577th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 620th in the regionLargest Governments: 729th in the region

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