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The Dominion of Thus Sprach Zarathustra

“Morte Victoriam! Plus Ultra!” Karl Frache

Category: Moralistic Democracy
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: the Rejected Realms


Thus Sprach Zarathustra

Population10.692 billion

CapitalCuria Julia City
LeaderKarl Frache

AnimalHunter Killer Drone

The Dominion of Thus Sprach Zarathustra is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Karl Frache with an even hand, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, unlimited-speed roads, and national health service. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 10.692 billion Zoroastrians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Curia Julia City. The average income tax rate is 96.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Thus Sprach Zarathustran economy, worth a remarkable 3,987 trillion Lindens 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Retail. 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 amazing 372,985 Lindens, with the richest citizens earning 7.8 times as much as the poorest.

Women complaining about lack of opportunity are told to "man up", where there's a will there is usually a password manager, children are seen fighting in the playground for bread scraps that fall out of diamond-encrusted lunchboxes, and TSZ-SPAN viewership drops as MPs act their age. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Thus Sprach Zarathustra's national animal is the Hunter Killer Drone, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Nietzsche.

Thus Sprach Zarathustra is ranked 29,682nd in the world and 1,284th in the Rejected Realms for Largest Populations, with 10.7 billion Capita.

Largest Black Market: 414thMost Subsidized Industry: 443rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 686thMost Secular: 752ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 849thLargest Information Technology Sector: 861stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 923rdHighest Average Incomes: 1,039thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,171stLargest Publishing Industry: 1,361stMost Armed: 1,472ndMost Efficient Economies: 1,651stMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,803rdMost Corrupt Governments: 1,812thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,137thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,138thRudest Citizens: 2,244thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,383rdTop
Most Developed: 2,523rdLargest Governments: 2,575thSmartest Citizens: 2,842ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,886thHighest Economic Output: 3,073rdMost Influential: 3,250thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,594thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,600thLargest Retail Industry: 3,623rdMost Cultured: 4,291stHighest Poor Incomes: 7,216thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,007thLowest Crime Rates: 10,877thTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 12,550thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,939th
Largest Black Market: 11th in the regionMost Influential: 13th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 20th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 21st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 22nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 27th in the regionMost Secular: 32nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 39th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 39th in the regionMost Armed: 40th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 43rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 51st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 56th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 60th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 63rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 68th in the regionLargest Governments: 68th in the regionMost Developed: 72nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 72nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 74th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 85th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 86th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 88th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 101st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 106th in the regionMost Cultured: 115th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 188th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 194th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 257th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 284th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 357th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 649th in the region

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