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The United States of Zess

“Happy Holidays!”

Category: Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
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Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific



Population203 million

Currencyexchange ticket

The United States of Zess is a huge, safe nation, notable for its irreverence towards religion, absence of drug laws, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 203 million Zessians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The medium-sized, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Healthcare, Welfare, and Education. The average income tax rate is 44.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Zessian economy, worth 7.20 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 led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 35,453 exchange tickets, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Community-designed sword prostheses are becoming dangerously common, all industry is owned and run by the government, the children of Zess are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence, and back-alley circumcision clinics are popping up all over the nation. Crime is totally unknown. Zess's national animal is the nekomimi, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Zess is ranked 76,259th in the world and 2,755th in the South Pacific for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 1,559.51 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,753rdMost Rebellious Youth: 7,649thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,791stTop
Most Influential: 8,904thMost Income Equality: 10,408thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 11,691stMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,110thNicest Citizens: 13,140thHighest Drug Use: 13,153rdMost Secular: 16,125th
Most Rebellious Youth: 182nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 303rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 331st in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 408th in the regionNicest Citizens: 460th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 473rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 478th in the regionMost Income Equality: 490th in the regionMost Secular: 531st in the regionMost Influential: 536th in the regionBest Weather: 543rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 696th in the region

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