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The Zess of Zess

“Thanks for the countryball Saxavo!”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Thriving
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific

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Zess

Population584 million

CapitalThe Capital District

CurrencyZ-coin
Animalneko

The Zess of Zess is a huge, genial nation, notable for its ban on automobiles, keen interest in outer space, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 584 million Zessians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Capital District. The average income tax rate is 68.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Zessian economy, worth 51.8 trillion Z-coins 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 dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 88,639 Z-coins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Students are wary of colorfully decorated new teachers with names like Professor Pipsqueak, counselors have to sign pledges supporting gay rights before they can speak to any patients, children are brainwashed at a young age to accept "love and peace!" as a way of life, and the nation's school children are fluent in Klingon but lack basic mathematical skills. Crime is totally unknown. Zess's national animal is the neko, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Zess is ranked 150,934th in the world and 6,638th in the South Pacific for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 1.43 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

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5%
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,808thMost Influential: 3,978thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,783rdMost Pacifist: 6,956thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,978thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,729thNicest Citizens: 8,451stTop
10%
Most Inclusive: 9,080thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,227thLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,605thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,608thLargest Agricultural Sector: 10,919thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,129thHealthiest Citizens: 11,361stBest Weather: 11,479thMost Secular: 11,765thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,258thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,453rdLargest Welfare Programs: 13,741stSafest: 14,837thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,008th
Top
5%
Most Rebellious Youth: 163rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 191st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 216th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 220th in the regionMost Pacifist: 235th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 280th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 285th in the regionNicest Citizens: 291st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 314th in the regionMost Inclusive: 323rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 344th in the regionBest Weather: 353rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 359th in the regionMost Influential: 363rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 364th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 367th in the regionTop
10%
Most Scientifically Advanced: 390th in the regionMost Secular: 407th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 476th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 498th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 524th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 546th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 547th in the regionSafest: 548th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 550th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 613th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 642nd in the regionMost Cultured: 710th in the regionLargest Governments: 753rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Zess lodged a message on the The South Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Zess, the nation's school children are fluent in Klingon but lack basic mathematical skills.
  • : Zess lodged a message on the The South Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Zess lodged a message on the The South Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Zess, children are brainwashed at a young age to accept "love and peace!" as a way of life.
  • : Following new legislation in Zess, counselors have to sign pledges supporting gay rights before they can speak to any patients.
  • : Following new legislation in Zess, students are wary of colorfully decorated new teachers with names like Professor Pipsqueak.
  • : Zess lodged a message on the The South Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Zess changed its national nation type to "Zess".
  • : Zess lodged a message on the The South Pacific Regional Message Board.

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