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The Loosely Associated Provinces of Zerphen

“I HATE MOTTOS!”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Frightening
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Page

Location: Forest

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Zerphen

Population1.753 billion

Currencyzeck
Animalnot snake

The Loosely Associated Provinces of Zerphen is a massive, cultured nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, smutty television, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.753 billion Zerphenians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. The average income tax rate is 91.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Zerphenian economy, worth 200 trillion zecks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 114,189 zecks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Witnesses have to run a gauntlet of mob enforcers to testify at trials, landless farmers wander forlornly in the government's many national parks, not many kids know Shakespeare's Hamlet but most of them have seen unofficial sequel Hamlet III - The Search For Osric, and nobody is allowed to stop the local daycare from reading Nietzsche to pre-schoolers. Crime is totally unknown. Zerphen's national animal is the not snake, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Zerphen is ranked 6,892nd in the world and 80th in Forest for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 5,855.36 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Highest Drug Use: 1,285thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,725thTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,847thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,918thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,139thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,177thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,311thNicest Citizens: 4,783rdMost Inclusive: 4,931stMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,403rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,862ndMost Rebellious Youth: 6,468thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,892ndMost Influential: 6,941stHighest Food Quality: 7,436thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,170thMost Pacifist: 8,336thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,511thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,627thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,754thMost Developed: 10,460thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,515thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,981stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 12,105thMost Cultured: 12,259thSmartest Citizens: 12,659thLargest Governments: 12,842ndTop
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Best Weather: 13,071stMost Secular: 15,444thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,846thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,052ndSafest: 17,957thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18,462ndLongest Average Lifespans: 19,215thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 21,124thMost Cheerful Citizens: 23,346thMost Efficient Economies: 23,960th
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Highest Drug Use: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 5th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 12th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 17th in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 22nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 34th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Zerphen, nobody is allowed to stop the local daycare from reading Nietzsche to pre-schoolers.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerphen, not many kids know Shakespeare's Hamlet but most of them have seen unofficial sequel Hamlet III - The Search For Osric.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerphen, landless farmers wander forlornly in the government's many national parks.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerphen, witnesses have to run a gauntlet of mob enforcers to testify at trials.
  • : Zerphen was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerphen, the population's jaw muscles put sharks to shame.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerphen, excessive wheelchair ramps on government buildings have been compared to theme park attractions.
  • : Zerphen endorsed The Most Serene Republic of Yoakekuni.
  • : Zerphen was endorsed by The United Tribes of Sonnveld.
  • : Zerphen was endorsed by The Most Serene Republic of Yoakekuni.

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