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The Corner of H-Zhena

“Your mother the legged fridge”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: The East Pacific



Population3.398 billion


Animalhoney badger

The Corner of H-Zhena is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Dygonite with an even hand, and notable for its soft-spoken computers, digital currency, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 3.398 billion Zhenans have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Shu'ulathoi. The average income tax rate is 83.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Zhenan economy, worth 670 trillion scarabs 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 Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 197,303 scarabs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Anniversaries of major historical events pass unnoticed, there's a literal nanny state for the legions of children taken by social services, no one is quite sure what many government officials look like, and officials pull all-nighters to check immigrants for potential links to terrorists. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. H-Zhena's national animal is the honey badger, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

H-Zhena is ranked 142,800th in the world and 5,361st in The East Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -205.14 on the Hayek Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 268thMost Influential: 514thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 597thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,051stTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,676thMost Developed: 1,683rdSafest: 1,979thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,039thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,183rdSmartest Citizens: 2,214thLowest Crime Rates: 2,434thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,591stHighest Poor Incomes: 2,639thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,882ndLargest Publishing Industry: 3,148thBest Weather: 3,295thMost Secular: 3,406thRudest Citizens: 3,921stHealthiest Citizens: 4,004thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,910thHighest Average Incomes: 5,838thMost Inclusive: 5,872ndLargest Governments: 6,618thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,251stMost Advanced Public Education: 7,416thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 8,461stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,517thMost Efficient Economies: 9,047thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,563rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,607th
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Influential: 17th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 23rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 27th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 40th in the regionMost Developed: 46th in the regionSafest: 49th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 50th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 53rd in the regionTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 56th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 56th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 62nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 74th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 75th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 81st in the regionRudest Citizens: 88th in the regionBest Weather: 95th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 102nd in the regionMost Secular: 102nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 109th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 113th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 137th in the regionLargest Governments: 154th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 176th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 181st in the regionMost Inclusive: 182nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 188th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 210th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 239th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 296th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 299th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 355th in the regionMost Stationary: 381st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 404th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 491st in the regionLargest Populations: 503rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 537th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 292 » A Slanted Black Stripe, Tshana, Sansangra, Eagas, The Reunified Empire, Aelitia, Republic of Monarchists, ReeK, Riveraland, Galve, Ellsonian Dominion, Airrajul, United-kingdom of Britannia, Am Echad, Squid Ruinosa, Ouroboric, Mirasiro, The Solar Ottomans, Federal Unity, Reftaria, Axdel, Lorynia, Socialist Holy American Empire, VW53Aland, The Sacred Whale, Impia Aghte, Fedele, Dreamersistan, Qui sequuntur somnia, Aeljae, Brotherland, United Artificial Intelligence Armada, Bachtendekuppen, Mastariere, Ver Norge, Soirwren, 0KXRg9C5, Someseni, Bacon Land, Endertopias, Talitoa, South East Charmaracapa, Amansteria, Ravendi, Biggstonia, Tel Mithru, British Calradia, Valdwall, Bullpups, Blobbo, and 242 others.Dark Edgyness, Rhealaliit, Constructbegin, Dreshand, The Southern Isles of Dreyse, Marrico, Wendelandia, Nazagully, Impits Menouss, Swiftwhiskers, Bulli, Taewania, Lit Medieval Dancing, Squarist Republic of Squaria, Groi Landstrabowal, Merlovich, Dom Islana, Shavara, Pightinbotanoffen, The Happian Union, Thyaclinia, Republic of Berzerkistan, Valchekia, Cantonese Union, Imperial Akatsuki, Norjis, East Malaysia, Redfoos Irrelevancy, Bliacor, Arkantis, Bortalandet, Avalon Ascendancy, Sericena, Babcocia, Arpino, Enlil, Davelands, Pakitsk, New Taranaki, Free Peoples Republic of Sandir, Shinnokawa, The island of Kiria, Chols Worithopia, Nifalembria Zamingstan, Tuvaltastan, Our Gods, Gryphtopolis, Osterreich und Ungarn, Tyrae, Gemookul, Indovinesia, Shantan, TURKEYISM, Choushuu, Just Vale 2, Mer Dieu, Ridann, Layngderfleethe, Yumaka, Neruch, Solarfall, Adioration, Wiranath, New Terabithia, Aklevin, Roissyland, The Holy Utopian Republic, The Humble Abyss, Dragons Blood, Guthra, Trotskije, Hizuru, Gluponija, Kario and Nix, Perpetuam, Arlea, The Angel of Charity, New Bradenia Ghost, Adapa, Free sovereign Soviet socialist republic, Chria Deau, Devlon, Bapete, Klaassopli, Puckconnolly, La Costa Dorada, CheeseBurrito, New Grovershire, The Romanum Legio, Seri Tai Republic, Renovatio de Imperium Coreanum, The United Asian Republics, Federated States of Zootron, Ska Hydorordia, Kilkire, Rokaku, Slonful, Barfleur, Wansley Manor, Taya Dust, Meridian Unity, Mizanzukistao, Hokolokia, BearStackof2015, Janoobi Jazair, Broengtopia, Durfia, Harpiatopia, Stanisiti, Stellar Colonies, America Mjolnir, Chechkoslovakia, Megolavania, Norport, Monezambique, Magosconity, The Redundant Republic of Republics, Overlia, Orveila, The Cult of the Great Cthulhu, ArenaC, Tree Egg, Chubaka, Atlia Sonis, Vultuca, Meadiastes, Analon, Justice-Becoming, Alls Andurg, Karatol-Advenra, South Kilt Town, Tissandra, Memostan, VoyKovie, Kingdom of Pars, The Death Syndicate, Nova Eire, Amjedia, United Luka, Pinus Sibirica, Notthis, Tiransia, Firenation91, Izone, Abtracnt, Viperos, The United Neo American Union, Paplostein, Sreneck, Slongs, Bantan, Ikshantar, Gajness, Dunflour, Erfitt Landslag, Sothylia, Deorum Imperii, 7-5, Chiyuki, Genocide Survivors, United Provinces of Marciano, Cyant, Under Sea Desert, Ayaupia, Hornetopia, Martonica, Saltamembrillo, Sanah, Rhineheart, Libertanny, Rakshuland, Agropolis, RovaMittala, Escade, Liberstankonia, Uzil, Lerasi, East Sikayl, Pzebreal, LEVON HK, Frapain, Heptahelios, Unity for NS, Sen Jast, Vantruvia, Evinonia, Monteconstance, Pooperopolis, Cantagua, Grossvietnam, ImperFeudal, Marrabuk, Syndicus, Styklelilere, Northcrest, Earth D, Atlanioso, The Theocracy of Cthulhu, Falgabard, Naurennia, The southern North, Bugeritersfas, The Jamlandias, Uspria, 3 14159265358979323846264, States of Carolina, Free Babi, New Gamerstan, Laquara, Pekweng, Yarn, Encurage, Suher, Lil dumpster, Hylo, Nyabugogo, Matdor, Lemonland, Tennessian, Anovan, Terebeth, The real underground, United states of Ulm, Bharatewa, Liferpol, Bacelna, Valincong, Dorson, Demon Ridge, Sicilla, Staynes, Land of the Chocobos, Sans Sense, Commodore Badger, Mossy-Oak, Auspelia, Lonbia, La xinga, Die Union der Stahlhoden, Sadghanistan, United Order Republic, and Dorles.

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