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The Logical Socialist Democracy of Zess

“To advance to the future, you must abandon the past.” Charlie David Hanson

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
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Location: the South Pacific



Population2.56 billion

CapitalCapital District
LeaderCharlie David Hanson

Currencyexchange ticket
Animalimmortal jellyfish

The Logical Socialist Democracy of Zess is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Charlie David Hanson with a fair hand, and renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, museums and concert halls, and state-planned economy. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.56 billion Zessians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Capital District. The average income tax rate is 91.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Zessian economy, worth 363 trillion exchange tickets 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 Tourism, Basket Weaving, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 141,994 exchange tickets, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Solid-gold toilets are Zessian prisons' least expensive furnishings, noises louder than a whisper have been prohibited by law, clowns are being rounded up and admitted to mental institutions, and gift hampers filled with delicious beef jerky are sent to newly communist nations. Crime is totally unknown. Zess's national animal is the immortal jellyfish, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Moderatorism.

Zess is ranked 151,063rd in the world and 5,808th in the South Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring -82 on the Rand Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,882ndMost Secular: 1,903rdMost Pacifist: 2,165thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,481stMost Influential: 2,502ndMost Inclusive: 2,681stMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,785thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,979thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,070thNicest Citizens: 3,144thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,280thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,635thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,808thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,642ndMost Developed: 4,979thSafest: 5,101stMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,164thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,666thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,933rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,955thSmartest Citizens: 6,078thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,632ndMost Beautiful Environments: 6,790thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,853rdHealthiest Citizens: 6,984thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,206thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,663rdTop
Best Weather: 8,538thLargest Governments: 8,551stMost Cultured: 9,412thMost Income Equality: 10,670thMost Cheerful Citizens: 14,227thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 14,549thHighest Average Incomes: 14,652ndLowest Crime Rates: 15,263rdMost Efficient Economies: 16,511th
Most Pacifist: 74th in the regionMost Secular: 78th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 84th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 84th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 87th in the regionMost Inclusive: 91st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 93rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 97th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 102nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 107th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 108th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 133rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 151st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 151st in the regionMost Developed: 155th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 155th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 160th in the regionSafest: 171st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 182nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 189th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 204th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 213th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 213th in the regionLargest Governments: 222nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 224th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 238th in the regionMost Cultured: 273rd in the regionBest Weather: 277th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 279th in the regionMost Influential: 304th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 390th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 446th in the regionMost Income Equality: 455th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 458th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 461st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 482nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 490th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 574th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 632nd in the region

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