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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
Civil Rights:
Very Good
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Regional Influence: Page

Location: the South Pacific



Population4.05 billion

CapitalCapital District
LeaderCharlie David Hanson

Currencyexchange ticket
Animalimmortal jellyfish

The Logical Socialist Democracy of Zess is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Charlie David Hanson with a fair hand, and notable for its daily referendums, free-roaming dinosaurs, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The compassionate, democratic population of 4.05 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 Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Capital District. The average income tax rate is 92.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Zessian economy, worth 568 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 140,372 exchange tickets, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The poor are often seen pale and dizzy after selling their blood to make ends meet, criminals always seem to be forewarned of police raids, religious bigotry and a fear of outsiders have replaced religious studies in schools, and authorities are looking for a stool pigeon to rat out who is stealing food from pigeon toilets. 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 1,894th in the world and 197th in the South Pacific for Most Influential, scoring 50,212 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,814thMost Influential: 1,894thMost Secular: 2,060thMost Pacifist: 2,199thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,562ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,827thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,860thMost Inclusive: 2,937thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,968thNicest Citizens: 3,209thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,507thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,064thSafest: 4,623rdMost Developed: 4,961stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,975thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,219thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,336thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,552ndMost Beautiful Environments: 5,954thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,095thSmartest Citizens: 6,188thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,282ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,486thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,498thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,568thHealthiest Citizens: 6,677thBest Weather: 7,018thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,252ndLargest Governments: 8,307thMost Cultured: 8,931stTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 14,757thMost Income Equality: 15,385thMost Cheerful Citizens: 15,569thHighest Average Incomes: 15,859thMost Efficient Economies: 17,647thMost Advanced Public Transport: 19,843rdMost Subsidized Industry: 20,267th
Most Secular: 79th in the regionMost Pacifist: 79th in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 91st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 91st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 95th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 96th in the regionMost Inclusive: 102nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 104th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 106th in the regionNicest Citizens: 112th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 155th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 155th in the regionSafest: 158th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 159th in the regionMost Developed: 162nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 166th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 171st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 181st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 187th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 189th in the regionMost Influential: 197th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 201st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 215th in the regionLargest Governments: 218th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 219th in the regionBest Weather: 221st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 238th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 239th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 250th in the regionMost Cultured: 256th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 440th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 448th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 496th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 509th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 513th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 595th in the regionMost Stationary: 616th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 633rd in the regionLargest Populations: 651st in the regionMost Income Equality: 695th in the region

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