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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:
Rare
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific

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Zaelith

Population551 million

CapitalZael

CurrencyZil
AnimalUnmanned Drone

The Armed Republic of Zaelith is a huge, orderly nation, renowned for its deadly medical pandemics, free-roaming dinosaurs, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 551 million 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, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Industry and Administration also on the agenda, while Welfare and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zael. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Zaelithian economy, worth 87.6 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 notable. Average income is an impressive 158,930 Zils, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 729,918 per year while the poor average 20,997, a ratio of 34.8 to 1.

Schoolboys who turn to watch pretty girls go by are given detention, penniless buskers are singing for their supper, the nation's new foreign policy of 'very disproportionate retribution' has its neighbors on edge, and centuries-old marble buildings are being torn down and replaced with corrugated steel wind tunnels. Crime is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Zaelith's national animal is the Unmanned Drone, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Zaelith is ranked 148,832nd in the world and 5,807th in the South Pacific for Longest Average Lifespans, with 27.44 Years.

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Highest Crime Rates: 1,126thMost Armed: 1,228thTop
5%
Fattest Citizens: 1,515thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,665thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,694thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,780thMost Avoided: 1,832ndLargest Retail Industry: 2,169thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,178thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,380thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,478thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,781stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,948thNudest: 3,433rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,914thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,788thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,926thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,303rdMost Influential: 5,721stLargest Mining Sector: 6,940thTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9,382ndHighest Average Incomes: 10,623rdMost Efficient Economies: 11,313thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,844thRudest Citizens: 12,434thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,166thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,074th
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1%
Largest Gambling Industry: 31st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 31st in the regionMost Armed: 35th in the regionFattest Citizens: 37th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 37th in the regionMost Avoided: 37th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 47th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 48th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 54th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 58th in the regionTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 62nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 70th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 86th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 108th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 113th in the regionNudest: 113th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 116th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 133rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 201st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 254th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 268th in the regionRudest Citizens: 274th in the regionTop
10%
Most Efficient Economies: 297th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 298th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 365th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 465th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 495th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 500th in the regionMost Influential: 502nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 537th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Zaelith, centuries-old marble buildings are being torn down and replaced with corrugated steel wind tunnels.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaelith, the nation's new foreign policy of 'very disproportionate retribution' has its neighbors on edge.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaelith, penniless buskers are singing for their supper.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaelith, schoolboys who turn to watch pretty girls go by are given detention.
  • : Zaelith was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces and Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaelith, dozens of viewers go online to hear whether a comma has been added to Clause 5 in Subsection B of Law 58375.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaelith, new pilots are regularly reminded that they are more expendable than their planes.
  • : Zaelith was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Fattest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaelith, schoolyard sandboxes resemble ashtrays due to the large number of cigarette butts.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaelith, the hills are alive with the sound of ringtones.

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