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The Hippy State of Zerophix

“Stick It To The Man, Maaan!”

Category: Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
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Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: The North Pacific



Population36.435 billion

CurrencyShiny Beads
AnimalPink Elephant

The Hippy State of Zerophix is a gargantuan, cultured nation, remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, anti-smoking policies, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, cheerful, devout population of 36.435 billion Zerophixians 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 morass — juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Social Policy. The income tax rate is 100%.

The large but stagnant Zerophixian economy, worth 662 trillion Shiny Beads a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Book Publishing industry. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 18,189 Shiny Beads, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The slowest students feel vaguely targeted by their Mendelian Inheritance coursework, schoolyard bullying has a tendency to escalate, crayon squiggles were a late addition to the works of the Renaissance Old Masters, and the seventh son of a seventh son is fated to be a millionaire. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Zerophix's national animal is the Pink Elephant, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Zerophix is ranked 198,397th in the world and 4,749th in The North Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 706.23 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Most Rebellious Youth: 8thHighest Drug Use: 15thMost Cheerful Citizens: 30thNicest Citizens: 66thMost Pacifist: 103rdHighest Crime Rates: 142ndBest Weather: 151stMost Compassionate Citizens: 153rdMost Beautiful Environments: 154thMost Armed: 484thLeast Corrupt Governments: 903rdMost Devout: 1,152ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,193rdHighest Food Quality: 1,383rdSmartest Citizens: 1,532ndLargest Governments: 1,546thMost Cultured: 1,590thHealthiest Citizens: 1,749thMost Inclusive: 1,784thLargest Populations: 2,187thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,917thLargest Black Market: 8,003rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,547thMost Influential: 12,971stTop
Nudest: 16,387thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20,008th
Most Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionNicest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Pacifist: 7th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 12th in the regionMost Armed: 17th in the regionBest Weather: 17th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 32nd in the regionLargest Populations: 35th in the regionMost Devout: 40th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 45th in the regionMost Cultured: 63rd in the regionLargest Governments: 64th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 67th in the regionTop
Highest Food Quality: 68th in the regionMost Inclusive: 97th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 103rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 132nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 288th in the regionNudest: 311th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 313th in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 455th in the region

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