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The Illusion of Isokenzar

“Rumours of our existence are highly exaggerated” Isocato

Category: Left-Leaning College State
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the South Pacific

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Isokenzar

Population5.359 billion

CapitalSector 47
LeaderIsocato
Faiththe Ongoing Existential Crisis

Currencyz-bit
Animalstinking dwarf

The Illusion of Isokenzar is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Isocato with an even hand, and renowned for its digital currency, pith helmet sales, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, humorless population of 5.359 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 Environment 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 61.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Isokenzarian economy, worth 782 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 146,031 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 140,056th in the world and 5,256th in the South Pacific for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 55.49 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 748thMost Influential: 1,016thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,358thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,867thMost Developed: 4,271stSmartest Citizens: 4,495thMost Inclusive: 5,328thMost Secular: 5,335thHealthiest Citizens: 5,440thRudest Citizens: 5,734thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,009thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,191stMost Cultured: 6,775thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,904thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,083rdLongest Average Lifespans: 7,332ndHighest Poor Incomes: 7,377thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,270thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,506thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,141stTop
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Most Pacifist: 11,417thNicest Citizens: 12,572ndLargest Black Market: 14,508thHighest Average Incomes: 14,572ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,574thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,645thBest Weather: 15,902ndMost Efficient Economies: 16,831stMost Stationary: 19,525thLargest Governments: 19,775thHighest Economic Output: 22,009thMost Valuable International Artwork: 22,053rd
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 81st in the regionTop
5%
Most Influential: 99th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 121st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 121st in the regionMost Developed: 141st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 143rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 157th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 160th in the regionRudest Citizens: 171st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 177th in the regionMost Inclusive: 184th in the regionMost Cultured: 188th in the regionMost Secular: 195th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 208th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 211th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 224th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 235th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 267th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 342nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 352nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 378th in the regionMost Stationary: 380th in the regionLargest Black Market: 385th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 410th in the regionTop
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Nicest Citizens: 451st in the regionMost Pacifist: 463rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 484th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 509th in the regionLargest Populations: 539th in the regionBest Weather: 554th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 579th in the regionLargest Governments: 583rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 650th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 676th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 691st in the region

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