by Max Barry

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The Technocracy of Zarax

“The Best is Yet to Come”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Balder



Population19.026 billion


AnimalSandworm of Dune

The Technocracy of Zarax is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Zarax with an even hand, and renowned for its digital currency, daily referendums, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 19.026 billion Zaraxians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized government prioritizes Education, although Healthcare, Environment, and Administration are also considered important, while Spirituality and Defense aren't funded at all. The average income tax rate is 98.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Zaraxian economy, worth a remarkable 5,228 trillion Assets a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Retail. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 274,805 Assets, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Zaraxians seem to be catching more chills, powerful x-ray machines used by the Customs Department can see into the homes of nearby residents, environmental legislation occurs cyclically, and politicians "baring all" for the camera isn't always a figure of speech. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zarax's national animal is the Sandworm of Dune, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Zarax is ranked 2,046th in the world and 96th in Balder for Least Corrupt Governments, with 96.23 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

Most Secular: 227thSmartest Citizens: 495thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 592ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 642ndSafest: 649thMost Scientifically Advanced: 693rdMost Developed: 845thMost Advanced Public Transport: 847thHighest Poor Incomes: 953rdLongest Average Lifespans: 1,008thHealthiest Citizens: 1,028thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,113thLowest Crime Rates: 1,149thMost Pacifist: 1,200thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,282ndMost Cultured: 1,287thLargest Governments: 1,342ndMost Advanced Public Education: 1,369thMost Inclusive: 1,498thHighest Economic Output: 1,651stLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,046thTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 2,341stHighest Average Incomes: 2,577thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,369thMost Stationary: 3,457thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,911thMost Efficient Economies: 3,989thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,831stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,547thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,129thRudest Citizens: 6,558thLargest Populations: 7,002ndLargest Welfare Programs: 8,025thLargest Retail Industry: 8,489thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,596thTop
Most Influential: 11,423rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,804thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,949thNudest: 20,651st
Most Secular: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 14th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 18th in the regionMost Stationary: 20th in the regionSafest: 21st in the regionMost Developed: 22nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 23rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 27th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 33rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 33rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 36th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 37th in the regionMost Pacifist: 39th in the regionMost Cultured: 39th in the regionLargest Governments: 44th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 46th in the regionMost Inclusive: 46th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 50th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 52nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 60th in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 96th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 104th in the regionMost Influential: 105th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 108th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 110th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 138th in the regionLargest Populations: 154th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 162nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 197th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 205th in the regionRudest Citizens: 286th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 320th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 347th in the regionTop
Largest Retail Industry: 426th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 438th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 471st in the regionNudest: 575th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Zarax, politicians "baring all" for the camera isn't always a figure of speech.
  • : Following new legislation in Zarax, environmental legislation occurs cyclically.
  • : Following new legislation in Zarax, powerful x-ray machines used by the Customs Department can see into the homes of nearby residents.
  • : Following new legislation in Zarax, Zaraxians seem to be catching more chills.
  • : Following new legislation in Zarax, couples are discouraged from marrying until they can rank their partner on a scale of one to ten.
  • : Following new legislation in Zarax, the only places to see Sandworms of Dune now are at local zoos.
  • : Following new legislation in Zarax, it turns out that you actually can put a price on intangible cultural heritage.
  • : Following new legislation in Zarax, there's nothing more gay than bleeding for your nation.
  • : Zarax was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Following new legislation in Zarax, printing out government documents requires the approval of at least three admins.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 2 » North East Somerset and Intergalactic Super Pandas.

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