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The Emirate of ZeinLan

“You'll never walk alone”

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Location: Lazarus



Population4.726 billion

LeaderEmir Zein


The Emirate of ZeinLan is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Emir Zein with a fair hand, and renowned for its public floggings, sprawling nuclear power plants, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 4.726 billion ZeinLanders enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized government prioritizes Education, although Industry, Healthcare, and Law & Order are also considered important. The average income tax rate is 68.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Landish economy, worth 553 trillion Dinarinoes a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 117,033 Dinarinoes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

The best-of-the-best athletes have been replaced by the best-of-the-mediocre, statistics show that terrorists often come from broken families, military equipment stores have a tendency to go up in flames, and a video of Emir Zein wearing shock-blue face paint and smashing an electric guitar in front of a frenzied crowd is on endless repeat on the nightly news. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. ZeinLan's national animal is the Lynx, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

ZeinLan is ranked 36,953rd in the world and 1,492nd in Lazarus for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 3,573.59 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,257thMost Influential: 5,988thSafest: 6,340thTop
Most Pacifist: 7,963rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,091stMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,378thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,389thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,069thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,357thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,756thMost Developed: 12,852ndSmartest Citizens: 14,534thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,968thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,132ndLowest Crime Rates: 15,358th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 133rd in the regionMost Influential: 183rd in the regionTop
Safest: 388th in the regionMost Pacifist: 453rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 492nd in the region

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