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The Free Land of Chew Zim

“You Can't Stop Progress”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific


Chew Zim

Population786 million



The Free Land of Chew Zim is a huge, safe nation, remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, national health service, and ban on automobiles. The compassionate, democratic population of 786 million Chew Zimians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous government prioritizes Education, with Healthcare, Welfare, and Administration also on the agenda, while Defense and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zlilia. The average income tax rate is 73.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Chew Zimian economy, worth 58.3 trillion florins a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Soda Sales. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 74,236 florins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

The nation is known as the cheapskates of the South Pacific, centuries-old marble buildings are being torn down and replaced with corrugated steel wind tunnels, charity workers dole out hardtack from behind designer sunglasses, and drug lords often avoid prison time by teaching "chemistry" classes to underprivileged youth. Crime is totally unknown. Chew Zim's national animal is the fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Chew Zim is ranked 106,109th in the world and 4,302nd in the South Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 130.2 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,635thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,635thMost Influential: 5,040thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,237thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,477thTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 8,061stNicest Citizens: 9,307thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,169thMost Pacifist: 11,033rdMost Advanced Public Education: 11,340thMost Inclusive: 11,770thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,136thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,704thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,102ndMost Beautiful Environments: 13,650thBest Weather: 13,933rdMost Cultured: 13,945thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,741stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,824th
Least Corrupt Governments: 125th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 179th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 233rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 234th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 284th in the regionTop
Nicest Citizens: 324th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 336th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 356th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 358th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 375th in the regionMost Cultured: 406th in the regionMost Inclusive: 416th in the regionMost Pacifist: 428th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 433rd in the regionBest Weather: 453rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 460th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 470th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 482nd in the regionMost Influential: 488th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 516th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 539th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 562nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 615th in the region

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