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The Republic of Zaztaztic

“Nerd!”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Zazumo

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Zaztaztic

Population5.693 billion

Currencyguilder
Animalleopard

The Republic of Zaztaztic is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its zero percent divorce rate, keen interest in outer space, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 5.693 billion Zaztazticians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. The average income tax rate is 48.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Zaztaztician economy, worth 519 trillion guilders a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Woodchip Exports, and Uranium Mining. Average income is 91,201 guilders, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

All government communication requires the imprimatur of the Truth Police, young adults still believe that leopards deliver newborns to expecting parents, livestock mutilations are on the rise, and burnt-out forty-foot-tall wicker men dot the countryside. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zaztaztic's national animal is the leopard, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Zaztaztic is ranked 199,286th in the world and 284th in Zazumo for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring -7.84 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,142ndTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 16,359thMost Corrupt Governments: 17,088thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,832ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18,858thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 21,198th
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Most Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 16th in the regionTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 19th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 23rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 26th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 27th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 29th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Zaztaztic's influence in Zazumo rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Following new legislation in Zaztaztic, burnt-out forty-foot-tall wicker men dot the countryside.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaztaztic, livestock mutilations are on the rise.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaztaztic, young adults still believe that leopards deliver newborns to expecting parents.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaztaztic, all government communication requires the imprimatur of the Truth Police.
  • : Following new legislation in Zaztaztic, homeless people dying of starvation are thought to be a necessary cost of preventing terrorism.
  • : Zaztaztic's influence in Zazumo fell from "Shoeshiner" to "Sprat".
  • : Zaztaztic's influence in Zazumo rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Zaztaztic's influence in Zazumo rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Zaztaztic was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.

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