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The Empire of The Zappening

“Prepare for The Zappening” Zapkiller

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Superpower

Location: Board Game Nations

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The Zappening

Population8.027 billion

LeaderZapkiller
FaithZapism

CurrencyZapcoin
AnimalDerp

The Empire of The Zappening is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Zapkiller with an iron fist, and notable for its ritual sacrifices, enslaved workforce, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 8.027 billion Zappeningians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The relatively small, corrupt government prioritizes Education, with Administration, Defense, and Environment also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Social Policy are ignored. The average income tax rate is 87.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Zappeningian economy, worth a remarkable 2,324 trillion Zapcoins a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 289,571 Zapcoins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.6 times as much as the poorest.

The citizenship exam requires years of study to actually pass, Derp is one of the most popular forenames in The Zappening, children seem to be getting better at lying these days, and doctors accused of having no heart reply that cardiology isn't their speciality. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. The Zappening's national animal is the Derp, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Zapism.

The Zappening is ranked 9,789th in the world and 2nd in Board Game Nations for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 86.97 Effective Tax Rate.

Top
1%
Most Scientifically Advanced: 705thLargest Information Technology Sector: 825thSmartest Citizens: 1,005thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,152ndMost Beautiful Environments: 1,238thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,639thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,839thMost Cultured: 1,946thMost Developed: 1,951stTop
5%
Rudest Citizens: 2,120thHighest Average Incomes: 2,199thMost Efficient Economies: 2,431stLargest Governments: 3,036thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,452ndHighest Poor Incomes: 3,582ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,022ndHealthiest Citizens: 4,029thLowest Crime Rates: 4,567thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,173rdHighest Economic Output: 6,156thBest Weather: 6,250thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,291stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,509thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,997thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,725thMost Secular: 8,359thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,981stMost Corrupt Governments: 9,575thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,789thLargest Retail Industry: 9,828thTop
10%
Most Subsidized Industry: 12,111thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,917thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,093rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,739thLargest Welfare Programs: 15,164thMost Stationary: 15,444thMost Influential: 16,135thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20,029th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Zappening, doctors accused of having no heart reply that cardiology isn't their speciality.
  • : Following new legislation in The Zappening, children seem to be getting better at lying these days.
  • : Following new legislation in The Zappening, Derp is one of the most popular forenames in The Zappening.
  • : Following new legislation in The Zappening, the citizenship exam requires years of study to actually pass.
  • : Following new legislation in The Zappening, immigrants who don't like the taste of Zappeningian Turnip Chips are immediately deported.
  • : Following new legislation in The Zappening, Occam's razor has sliced to pieces any childhood belief in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.
  • : The Zappening was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in The Zappening, criminals rejoice in the streets as the entire police force is sent away on a training retreat.
  • : Following new legislation in The Zappening, The Zappening isn't what it used to be.
  • : Following new legislation in The Zappening, businesses often fire workers in favour of cheaper automatic systems.

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