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The Democratic States of Zanzi Clique

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Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: The Leftist Assembly


Zanzi Clique

Population218 million


The Democratic States of Zanzi Clique is a huge, safe nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, absence of drug laws, and punitive income tax rates. The cynical population of 218 million Zanzi Cliqueans are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 51.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Zanzi Cliquean economy, worth 5.62 trillion Bananas a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Pizza Delivery, Furniture Restoration, Information Technology, and Woodchip Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 25,761 Bananas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The automotive industry soaks up huge government handouts, gambling is outlawed, jails have become colloquially known as 'vampire houses', and it is rumoured that Leader uses a magic 8-ball to make policy decisions. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zanzi Clique's national animal is the Godzilla, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Zanzi Clique is ranked 223,470th in the world and 399th in The Leftist Assembly for Most Developed, scoring 47.71 on the Human Development Index.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 23,209th
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 24th in the regionTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 43rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 46th in the region

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