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The People's Republic of Zaldir

“Hope, strenght, unity”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population882 million


AnimalArctic fox

The People's Republic of Zaldir is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, ubiquitous missile silos, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 882 million Zaldirians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Šręsķkur. The average income tax rate is 48.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The strong Zaldirian economy, worth 69.1 trillion Dinars a year, is dominated by the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Tourism. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 78,290 Dinars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Leader has just been declared ruler of Zaldir in an international press conference, citizens who don't follow a major religion are closely monitored for signs of self-harm, much of Zaldir's computer network is controlled by a rampant artificial intelligence, and dangerous criminals are often 'accidentally' sent on one-way trips to Maxtopia. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zaldir's national animal is the Arctic fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Zaldir is ranked 159,300th in the world and 7,218th in The North Pacific for Least Corrupt Governments, with 92.66 percentage of bribes refused.

Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 478thMost Influential: 1,973rdTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,950thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,272ndTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 13,228thMost Authoritarian: 20,691stBest Weather: 24,545thSafest: 24,777th
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 21st in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 510th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 628th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 698th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1,097th in the region

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