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The Armed Republic of Zaelith

“We can kill it, even if it doesn't bleed.”

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Page

Location: the South Pacific

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Zaelith

Population2.458 billion

CapitalZael
LeaderLexi Zaelin

CurrencyZil
AnimalRoadkill

The Armed Republic of Zaelith is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Lexi Zaelin with an iron fist, and renowned for its deadly medical pandemics, pith helmet sales, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 2.458 billion Zaelithians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The tiny, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zael. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 2.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Zaelithian economy, worth 499 trillion Zils a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Gambling. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an amazing 203,190 Zils, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,703,436 per year while the poor average 4,650, a ratio of 366 to 1.

Only the brainiest citizens become academics, the automotive industry soaks up huge government handouts, tumbleweeds made of litter adorn city streets, and you can get married in sickness and in health but not internationally. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Zaelith's national animal is the Roadkill, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Zaelith is ranked 70,429th in the world and 2,822nd in the South Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 2,866.66 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Most Armed: 662ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 793rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 870thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 876thFattest Citizens: 930thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,032ndHighest Crime Rates: 1,052ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,211thMost Avoided: 1,391stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,411thMost Influential: 1,477thLargest Retail Industry: 1,514thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,663rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,762ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,894thTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 2,616thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,521stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,879thRudest Citizens: 4,130thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,138thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,187thMost Efficient Economies: 4,720thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,831stNudest: 5,441stHighest Average Incomes: 6,037thLargest Mining Sector: 7,250thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,778thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,320thTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 10,460thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,361stLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,498thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13,238thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 14,001stLargest Black Market: 14,178thMost Secular: 18,182nd
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 18th in the regionMost Armed: 21st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 22nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 25th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 25th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 26th in the regionFattest Citizens: 29th in the regionMost Avoided: 31st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 36th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 40th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 42nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 42nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 54th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 65th in the regionTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 91st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 103rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 115th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 117th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 130th in the regionRudest Citizens: 134th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 138th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 153rd in the regionMost Influential: 153rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 174th in the regionNudest: 196th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 200th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 220th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 225th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 254th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 369th in the regionLargest Black Market: 372nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 382nd in the regionTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 460th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 476th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 544th in the regionMost Secular: 642nd in the regionMost Stationary: 760th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 787th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Zaelith, you can get married in sickness and in health but not internationally.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaelith, tumbleweeds made of litter adorn city streets.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaelith, the automotive industry soaks up huge government handouts.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaelith, only the brainiest citizens become academics.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaelith, citizens are barcoded to keep track of their movements.
  • : Zaelith endorsed The SPIT For Drink of TSP of Sword of Summer.
  • : Zaelith was endorsed by The SPIT For Drink of TSP of Sword of Summer.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaelith, graffiti graces every city's streets.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaelith, hedge fund managers are diversifying into herbaceous borders.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaelith, political cartoonists are known for their distinctive odour.

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World Assembly

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