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The Northern Collective of Zelso

“The Ascarian people thrive here, in the north.” Niakin

Category: Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus

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Zelso

Population17.839 billion

CapitalVaro
LeaderNiakin
Faithnone

CurrencyVis
AnimalHa'shamda

The Northern Collective of Zelso is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Niakin with an even hand, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, keen interest in outer space, and pith helmet sales. The compassionate population of 17.839 billion Zelsoans enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, liberal, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Environment, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Varo. The average income tax rate is 84.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Zelsoan economy, worth a remarkable 1,330 trillion Vis a year, is highly specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 74,569 Vis, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

There's never a spare chair in the retirement home, sales of disinfectant wipes have skyrocketed, signs saying "No Poor People or Weirdoes" are common outside shops and cafés, and historical commemorations regularly devolve into militaristic jingoism. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zelso's national animal is the Ha'shamda, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is none.

Zelso is ranked 167,575th in the world and 6,978th in Lazarus for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -11.66 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Top
5%
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,712thBest Weather: 2,305thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,962ndMost Beautiful Environments: 3,328thMost Influential: 3,847thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,131stLongest Average Lifespans: 5,224thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,685thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,372ndLargest Populations: 6,896thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,149thTop
10%
Most Advanced Public Transport: 9,996thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,092ndNicest Citizens: 10,182ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,331stHighest Economic Output: 10,562ndSafest: 11,286thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,409thHealthiest Citizens: 12,338thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,944thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,439thMost Cultured: 14,772ndMost Income Equality: 16,410th
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5%
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 86th in the regionBest Weather: 99th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 100th in the regionMost Influential: 125th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 159th in the regionLargest Populations: 215th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 255th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 256th in the regionMost Stationary: 286th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 327th in the regionTop
10%
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 412th in the regionMost Income Equality: 509th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 533rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 552nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 554th in the regionNicest Citizens: 562nd in the regionSafest: 647th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 699th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 700th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Zelso was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : Zelso was endorsed by The Questionable Existence of Your Imaginary Friend.
  • : Following new legislation in Zelso, historical commemorations regularly devolve into militaristic jingoism.
  • : Following new legislation in Zelso, signs saying "No Poor People or Weirdoes" are common outside shops and cafés.
  • : Following new legislation in Zelso, sales of disinfectant wipes have skyrocketed.
  • : Zelso was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : Zelso was endorsed by The Community of Shangri-La Valley.
  • : Zelso was endorsed by The Republic of The Sigometh Dynasty.
  • : Following new legislation in Zelso, there's never a spare chair in the retirement home.
  • : Zelso was endorsed by Zapatian workers state.

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