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The People's Republic of Zelida

“We Will Endure” Grand Empress Ru Shi

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: Sonindia



Population6.209 billion

LeaderGrand Empress Ru Shi


The People's Republic of Zelida is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Grand Empress Ru Shi with an even hand, and renowned for its teetotalling pirates, ban on automobiles, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 6.209 billion Zelidans have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Fakara. The average income tax rate is 91.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Zelidan economy, worth a remarkable 1,001 trillion florins a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 161,241 florins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation grinds to a halt on the anniversary of every marginally noteworthy event, the death penalty has been reintroduced, you're never too young to learn how to lie with confidence, and modelling agencies send their clients to work in nursing homes. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zelida's national animal is the fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Riflism.

Zelida is ranked 6,895th in the world and 6th in Sonindia for Largest Governments, scoring 36.59 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,748thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 2,707thMost Cultured: 2,992ndHealthiest Citizens: 3,056thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,113thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,260thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,294thBest Weather: 3,439thMost Developed: 3,726thMost Inclusive: 4,293rdSmartest Citizens: 4,321stSafest: 4,511thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,578thNicest Citizens: 4,591stMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,695thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,732ndLowest Crime Rates: 4,842ndMost Influential: 5,937thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,101stHighest Poor Incomes: 6,335thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,347thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,462ndMost Pacifist: 6,698thLargest Governments: 6,895thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,410thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,651stMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,184thMost Efficient Economies: 8,502ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,448thMost Secular: 10,149thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,975thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 11,395thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,228thMost Valuable International Artwork: 13,363rdLargest Welfare Programs: 14,655thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 15,920thHighest Economic Output: 17,105thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 18,536th
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 6th in the regionLargest Governments: 6th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 6th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 7th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7th in the regionSafest: 7th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 8th in the regionBest Weather: 9th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 9th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 10th in the regionNicest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 10th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Pacifist: 11th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionMost Inclusive: 11th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 12th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 13th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 14th in the regionMost Secular: 16th in the regionLargest Populations: 17th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 18th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 20th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 22nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Zelida's influence in Sonindia rose from "Apprentice" to "Vassal".
  • : Zelida was endorsed by The Empire of East Quilan.
  • : Zelida was endorsed by The Exalted State of Ultior.
  • : Zelida's influence in Sonindia fell from "Vassal" to "Apprentice".
  • : Zelida's influence in Sonindia rose from "Apprentice" to "Vassal".
  • : Zelida was reclassified from "Democratic Socialists" to "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy".
  • : Zelida's influence in Sonindia fell from "Vassal" to "Apprentice".
  • : Zelida's influence in Sonindia rose from "Apprentice" to "Vassal".
  • : Zelida was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Zelida was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.


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