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The Illusion of Isokenzar

“Rumours of our existence are highly exaggerated” Isocato

Category: Left-Leaning College State
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the South Pacific



Population4.889 billion

CapitalSector 47
Faiththe Ongoing Existential Crisis

Animalstinking dwarf

The Illusion of Isokenzar is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Isocato with an even hand, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, daily referendums, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, humorless population of 4.889 billion Isokenzarians enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The medium-sized government prioritizes Education, although Administration, Healthcare, and Industry are also considered important, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sector 47. The average income tax rate is 53.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Isokenzarian economy, worth 740 trillion z-bits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, fairly diversified black market in Information Technology, Tourism, and Book Publishing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 151,550 z-bits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government's economic policy can be summed up as "Abort, Retry, Fail?", there's some really clean windows in Isokenzarian houses, social networking sites have discussion groups devoted to planning terrorist attacks, and being Isocato has been voted one of the top ten most dangerous jobs. Crime is totally unknown. Isokenzar's national animal is the stinking dwarf, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is the Ongoing Existential Crisis.

Isokenzar is ranked 171,081st in the world and 6,408th in the South Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring -66.22 on the Rand Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 699thMost Influential: 932ndTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,505thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,810thMost Developed: 4,317thSmartest Citizens: 4,476thMost Inclusive: 5,212thMost Secular: 5,362ndHealthiest Citizens: 5,511thRudest Citizens: 5,651stLargest Publishing Industry: 6,124thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,228thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,758thMost Cultured: 6,771stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,876thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,529thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,896thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,888thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,317thTop
Most Pacifist: 11,466thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,619thNicest Citizens: 12,392ndHighest Average Incomes: 13,094thLargest Black Market: 13,949thHighest Disposable Incomes: 15,683rdMost Efficient Economies: 16,059thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,031stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,135thMost Valuable International Artwork: 19,900thLargest Governments: 19,949thMost Stationary: 20,440th
Largest Information Technology Sector: 88th in the regionMost Influential: 96th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 119th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 134th in the regionMost Developed: 136th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 145th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 148th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 154th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 176th in the regionMost Inclusive: 180th in the regionRudest Citizens: 183rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 190th in the regionMost Cultured: 193rd in the regionMost Secular: 206th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 214th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 230th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 241st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 274th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 315th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 352nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 353rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 372nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 382nd in the regionMost Stationary: 393rd in the regionTop
Nicest Citizens: 424th in the regionMost Pacifist: 449th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 469th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 514th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 531st in the regionLargest Populations: 558th in the regionLargest Governments: 559th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 587th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 663rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 685th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 691st in the regionBest Weather: 692nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 750th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 795th in the region

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