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The Winking Lizard of Fizban

“Eskedit” Efernaldred Koran Collins

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The North Pacific

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Fizban

Population5.009 billion

CapitalAnkh-Morpork
LeaderEfernaldred Koran Collins
FaithThaumaturgy

Currencyseptum
AnimalGorfursyat

The Winking Lizard of Fizban is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Efernaldred Koran Collins with an iron fist, and renowned for its public floggings, keen interest in outer space, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 5.009 billion Fizbans are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ankh-Morpork. The average income tax rate is 69.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Fizbanian economy, worth 871 trillion septums a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 174,049 septums, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Efernaldred Koran Collins has a wardrobe full of fake designer suits, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is illegal, battlefield gains are quickly lost when enemies don't respect a time-out, and war vets look after war animals. Crime is totally unknown. Fizban's national animal is the Gorfursyat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Thaumaturgy.

Fizban is ranked 201,831st in the world and 9,077th in The North Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -80.17 on the Hayek Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 240thMost Influential: 390thTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 4,108thLargest Retail Industry: 4,168thNudest: 5,547thLargest Black Market: 5,596thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,958thMost Armed: 6,459thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,556thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,035thMost Rebellious Youth: 8,721stMost Efficient Economies: 8,945thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9,189thHighest Average Incomes: 9,225thMost Cultured: 9,450thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,917thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,970thMost Inclusive: 10,035thMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,053rdMost Developed: 10,298thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 11,870thSmartest Citizens: 12,818thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,856thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,301stLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,617thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,378thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,411thLargest Governments: 16,920thLargest Welfare Programs: 17,547thHighest Economic Output: 19,622ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 19,867thMost Beautiful Environments: 20,103rdMost Stationary: 20,412thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 20,691stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 21,483rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 21,803rd
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Most Influential: 115th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 160th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 182nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 209th in the regionNudest: 218th in the regionLargest Black Market: 230th in the regionMost Armed: 252nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 304th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 323rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 329th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 391st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 450th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 455th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 470th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 482nd in the regionMost Cultured: 492nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 496th in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 501st in the regionMost Stationary: 506th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 560th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 567th in the regionMost Inclusive: 599th in the regionMost Developed: 610th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 628th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 660th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 697th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 747th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 785th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 814th in the regionLargest Governments: 835th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 852nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 855th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 872nd in the region

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