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The Republic of Zakaruba

“Time yields to no one.”

Category: Anarchy
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Enforcer

Location: Kelra

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Zakaruba

Population457 million

CapitalElridge

Currencykardu
Animalbull shark

The Republic of Zakaruba is a huge, cultured nation, renowned for its daily referendums, smutty television, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 457 million Zakarubans live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The relatively small, liberal, pro-business government prioritizes Industry, although Administration, Defense, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Environment and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Elridge. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 14.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Zakaruban economy, worth 64.0 trillion kardus a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Soda Sales. Average income is an impressive 139,949 kardus, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 827,087 per year while the poor average 10,954, a ratio of 75.5 to 1.

Ceremonial zweihänders are used in holy rituals, polygraphs are relegated to the dungeon exhibit in castle museums, claiming to have performed the Heimlich Maneuver is a popular defense for assault charges, and government officials sit helplessly as they are labelled 'Pompous Womples' by celebrities. Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Zakaruba's national animal is the bull shark, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

Zakaruba is ranked 27,865th in the world and 3rd in Kelra for Most Pro-Market, scoring 88.78 on the Rand Index.

Top
1%
Most Valuable International Artwork: 71stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,617thTop
5%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 3,265thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,879thRudest Citizens: 3,977thFattest Citizens: 3,997thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,551stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,212thHighest Crime Rates: 5,631stMost Avoided: 6,071stLargest Gambling Industry: 7,723rdLargest Retail Industry: 10,013thMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,324thMost Influential: 14,394thTop
10%
Most Rebellious Youth: 16,304thMost Armed: 16,783rdMost Devout: 17,541stLargest Publishing Industry: 20,387thLargest Mining Sector: 20,419thMost Efficient Economies: 21,788thHighest Average Incomes: 25,720thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 27,336thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 27,501stMost Pro-Market: 27,865thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 28,699thHighest Drug Use: 28,865th
Top
1%
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
5%
Most Avoided: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 4th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionMost Armed: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 7th in the regionMost Devout: 8th in the regionTop
10%
Largest Publishing Industry: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 11th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 15th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 16th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Zakaruba was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Following new legislation in Zakaruba, government officials sit helplessly as they are labelled 'Pompous Womples' by celebrities.
  • : Zakaruba lodged a message on the Kelra Regional Message Board.
  • : Zakaruba lodged a message on the Kelra Regional Message Board.
  • : Zakaruba lodged a message on the Kelra Regional Message Board.
  • : Zakaruba lodged a message on the Kelra Regional Message Board.
  • : Zakaruba suppressed a post on the Kelra Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Zakaruba, claiming to have performed the Heimlich Maneuver is a popular defense for assault charges.
  • : Zakaruba lodged a message on the Kelra Regional Message Board.
  • : Zakaruba lodged a message on the Kelra Regional Message Board.

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