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The Technocracy of Zarax

“The Best is Yet to Come”

Category: Democratic Socialists
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Balder



Population17.294 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 museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and national health service. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 17.294 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, with Healthcare, Environment, and Public Transport also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Defense are ignored. The average income tax rate is 97.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Zaraxian economy, worth a remarkable 4,622 trillion Assets a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 267,283 Assets, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Sharks are enjoying their deliveries of canned food, you need a signed affidavit from a registered psychiatrist to claim that you have crazy low prices, psychiatrists bizarrely accompany Zarax to meetings with foreign heads of state, and posters on 'Zaraxian Values' advise against being proud of Zarax. 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 7,359th in the world and 42nd in Balder for Most Influential, scoring 5,259 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Most Secular: 183rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 353rdSmartest Citizens: 512thLargest Information Technology Sector: 585thMost Scientifically Advanced: 680thSafest: 706thMost Advanced Public Transport: 956thMost Pacifist: 984thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,044thHealthiest Citizens: 1,159thLowest Crime Rates: 1,304thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,332ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,419thMost Inclusive: 1,447thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,453rdLargest Governments: 1,479thMost Cultured: 1,500thTop
Highest Economic Output: 1,710thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,866thMost Developed: 1,988thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,055thHighest Average Incomes: 2,352ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,745thMost Efficient Economies: 2,894thMost Stationary: 3,724thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,088thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,812thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,245thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,995thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,190thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,886thLargest Populations: 7,200thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,241stMost Influential: 7,359thTop
Largest Retail Industry: 7,923rdMost Subsidized Industry: 8,750thRudest Citizens: 9,350thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10,227thNudest: 12,625th
Most Secular: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 9th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 11th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 11th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13th in the regionMost Stationary: 20th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 23rd in the regionSafest: 26th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 35th in the regionMost Pacifist: 35th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 37th in the regionMost Inclusive: 39th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 40th in the regionMost Influential: 42nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 45th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 52nd in the regionMost Cultured: 54th in the regionLargest Governments: 58th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 62nd in the regionTop
Most Developed: 64th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 65th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 67th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 74th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 88th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 90th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 140th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 157th in the regionLargest Populations: 187th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 193rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 198th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 292nd in the regionTop
Rudest Citizens: 371st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 380th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 391st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 408th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 432nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 435th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 450th in the regionNudest: 536th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 617th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Zarax, posters on 'Zaraxian Values' advise against being proud of Zarax.
  • : Following new legislation in Zarax, psychiatrists bizarrely accompany Zarax to meetings with foreign heads of state.
  • : Following new legislation in Zarax, you need a signed affidavit from a registered psychiatrist to claim that you have crazy low prices.
  • : Zarax was reclassified from "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy" to "Democratic Socialists".
  • : Following new legislation in Zarax, sharks are enjoying their deliveries of canned food.
  • : Following new legislation in Zarax, 4-year-olds studying for their mathematics exams are anxious that they will be unemployable in adulthood if they fail.
  • : Zarax was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Zarax, only fully-fledged members of MENSA are allowed to vote.
  • : Zarax was reclassified from "New York Times Democracy" to "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Zarax, edutainment video games are taking Zarax's students to the next level.


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