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The Commonwealth of Great Zeelandia

“Zooper Pooper”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Lazarus

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Great Zeelandia

Population2.727 billion

CapitalThe Middle of Nowhere

CurrencyZeeland Pound
AnimalKiwi

The Commonwealth of Great Zeelandia is a massive, safe nation, renowned for its anti-smoking policies, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.727 billion Great Zeelandians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Social Policy, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Middle of Nowhere. The average income tax rate is 91.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Great Zeelandian economy, worth 210 trillion Zeeland Pounds a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 77,015 Zeeland Pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Hidden bedroom-cams are installed to catch mothers doing their kids' homework, replacement organs are grown in vats, newspapers are celebrating Leader saving over a million cats from trees, and scientists earn more grant money for reproducing old experiments than trying anything new. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Great Zeelandia's national animal is the Kiwi, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Great Zeelandia is ranked 8,941st in the world and 519th in Lazarus for Most Pacifist, with 141.04 Cheeks Turned Per Day.

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Most Advanced Public Transport: 3,212thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,856thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,704thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,895thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,413thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,962ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,095thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,747thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,560thMost Pacifist: 8,941stMost Secular: 10,338thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,542ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,640thHealthiest Citizens: 11,427thNicest Citizens: 13,150thSafest: 13,509thSmartest Citizens: 13,614thMost Cultured: 14,048thLargest Governments: 14,710th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 209th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 224th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 282nd in the regionTop
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Least Corrupt Governments: 290th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 369th in the regionMost Politically Free: 399th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 435th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 447th in the regionMost Pacifist: 519th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 539th in the regionMost Secular: 565th in the region

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