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The Armed Republic of Zaelith

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

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Page

Location: the South Pacific

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Zaelith

Population2.918 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 notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, vat-grown people, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 2.918 billion Zaelithians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The tiny, corrupt, pro-business, 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 2.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Zaelithian economy, worth 636 trillion Zils a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Gambling. Average income is an amazing 218,068 Zils, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,300,249 per year while the poor average 16,707, a ratio of 77.8 to 1.

Anyone who so much as looks at Royalty without the proper amount of deference is punished, the military is recruiting war criminals to join its weapons research teams, the single fish caught by Zaelithian fishers last year is cited as evidence of Zaelith's thriving fisheries, and Zaelith isn't what it used to be. 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 1,434th in the world and 38th in the South Pacific for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring 15,076.53 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

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Most Armed: 561stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 650thFattest Citizens: 700thLargest Gambling Industry: 841stHighest Crime Rates: 906thMost Avoided: 1,151stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,217thLargest Retail Industry: 1,283rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,312thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,434thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,457thMost Influential: 1,537thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,774thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,790thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,000thTop
5%
Rudest Citizens: 2,618thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,267thMost Efficient Economies: 3,482ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,487thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,789thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,927thLargest Mining Sector: 4,945thHighest Average Incomes: 4,957thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,330thNudest: 5,923rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,134thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,697thLargest Insurance Industry: 7,989thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,108thTop
10%
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,538thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,806thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,057thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13,753rdMost Secular: 17,160thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 17,397th
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Most Armed: 17th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 18th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 18th in the regionFattest Citizens: 19th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 23rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 24th in the regionMost Avoided: 25th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 35th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 36th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 38th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 46th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 50th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 52nd in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 89th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 89th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 93rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 98th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 106th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 113th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 114th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 128th in the regionMost Influential: 152nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 178th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 181st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 191st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 198th in the regionNudest: 207th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 225th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 266th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 294th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 351st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 353rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 378th in the regionTop
10%
Highest Economic Output: 459th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 463rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 536th in the regionMost Secular: 614th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 682nd in the regionMost Stationary: 704th in the regionLargest Governments: 832nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Zaelith endorsed The Grand Duchy of Ferrhibium.
  • : Zaelith was endorsed by The Grand Duchy of Ferrhibium.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaelith, Zaelith isn't what it used to be.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaelith, the single fish caught by Zaelithian fishers last year is cited as evidence of Zaelith's thriving fisheries.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaelith, the military is recruiting war criminals to join its weapons research teams.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaelith, anyone who so much as looks at Royalty without the proper amount of deference is punished.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaelith, Lexi Zaelin's media campaigns take a hiatus around exam week.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaelith, crime is on the rise as online youths compete to vlog the most shocking scenes of violence.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaelith, protestors are soaking piles of Zils in blood to make a point about government incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaelith, tourists often cite 'hiding money in an off-shore banking account' as their main reason to visit the nation.

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World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 160 » Pencil Sharpeners 2, Wehraboos, Aumeltopia, Erinor, Beepee, Tsunamy, Barabarom, 073 039 109 032 080 111 112 112 121, Saciu, Volaworand, Aidenfieeld, Dasko, Qvait, The Filippinas, Land Without Shrimp, Jehenna, Direwolf1, Hanguk-Nippon, The Solar System Scope, Outer Utonixick Gollinican, Curlyhoward, The Two Jerseys, Yellunstryer, Seliyan progressive Islands, Bear Connors Paradiso, Kiasu-ism, Pamela And Hepatitis, Pax Dracon, Darakin, Si-topia, Nowa Europa, Aurcania, Unidum, Farengeto, Tsvetania, Luddinlande, Havenfell, Los Lonley Boys, Ancient Slobovia, Escevola, Vincent Field, Rebel-topia, Abarri, St Oaks, Jennaterra, Blaash, USNE2018, Oreo States, Imperial Duck, New Briantown, and 110 others.Antarctic Empires, Wese Zippopiteradgil, Avalonica, Sedunn, Amerion, Mapico, Japanese Federal Republic, Empa Aserium, Nova Montron, Sthalrim, Fighting Kawi Ninja, The Tecorogan Federation, Astraee, Salguod, Free Rad, Native Inhabitants of Antarctica, North Kanuckistan, Yeldarbsland, The naked people, Nueva Alta California, Bleakfoot, PenguinPies, Bawkie, Terran Draconia, Ockhamista, Techganet, Tioloman, Rly8h, Ebonhand, Kringalia, West Pastafaria, Anserisa, Humedo, Turks of The Eastern Calculus, Kandorith, CzechoSlovakishMoravia, Ralphburg, The Worst army of, Linguiniland, Moonshining, ChickenDome, Holy Free, Quh, Kervanosia, Elan Sleazebaganno, Baltenlands, Compli, Marinho Islands, Dis7Nation, Shefino, Andinla, Steampunk Engineers, HUElavia, Poopisiya, Gonrati, Vega Naothia, Auphelia, Laamiva, Corgitopiaa, Well F, The Drakan Republic, Royaltica, Sandaoguo, Myness, Drugged Monkeys, Xarbraden, Kedjens, Avia Lavanda, Efferalt, Midand, Concrete Slab, East Lodge, West Fallows, Catillos, Belschaft, House Ahsanul, Weburya, Terreno Travato, Merevane, Philippinia, Tepertopia, Hakk Fiss, Qawe, Phanama, Kricivk, Bartonia Nova, Venestralia, Crystal Creation, Jazzfrezia, Purple Hyacinth, Sam Best, Brunier, Ovkianos, Omiri, Klobitien, Kaoia, The land of Hades, Zataras, Ofaria, Alfama, Calistan, Seythennia, Western Calypso Islands, Vanbella, Integria, Eskvenn, East Sakhlin, The SpaceNeo-Goryeo Etymological Society, Novum Sina, and Ferrhibium.

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