by Max Barry

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The Community of Izone

“Twelve and more united into one”

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The East Pacific



Population961 million


The Community of Izone is a huge, cultured nation, remarkable for its ban on automobiles, free-roaming dinosaurs, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The compassionate, democratic population of 961 million Izoneans enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized government prioritizes Education, with Industry, Administration, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality is ignored. The average income tax rate is 46.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Izonean economy, worth 102 trillion wizzes a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Trout Farming, Tourism, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 106,911 wizzes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

With increasingly clear skies nobody seems to mind the electricity bill going through the roof, the Supreme Court vehemently protects civil rights and the right to privacy, enemy navies sail within bombardment range of major coastal cities with impunity, and economic output is rising as the chronically depressed are persuaded not to burden society. Crime is totally unknown. Izone's national animal is the wizone, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Izone is ranked 166,153rd in the world and 7,410th in The East Pacific for Most Devout, with 2.38 Prayers Per Hour.

Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 1,088thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,225thMost Secular: 3,269thMost Influential: 5,256thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,562ndTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 10,632ndSafest: 11,392ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,485thMost Pacifist: 12,321stMost Developed: 13,775thLargest Agricultural Sector: 15,148thMost Compassionate Citizens: 15,889thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,196thSmartest Citizens: 16,868th
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 59th in the regionTop
Most Secular: 96th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 239th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 304th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 308th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 348th in the regionSafest: 360th in the regionTop
Most Developed: 398th in the regionMost Pacifist: 398th in the regionMost Influential: 404th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 426th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 441st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 479th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 486th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 500th in the regionMost Inclusive: 508th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 552nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 565th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 609th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 616th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 711th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 720th in the region

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