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The Empire of ZhangKeyesland

“brain lol” President Justin Zhang

Category: Capitalist Paradise
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population5.882 billion

CapitalZhangKeyesland City
LeaderPresident Justin Zhang

Currencykek nab

The Empire of ZhangKeyesland is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by President Justin Zhang with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, smutty television, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 5.882 billion Zhangkeyeslandians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The relatively small, corrupt, pro-business government prioritizes Defense, although Industry, Administration, and Education are also considered important, while Spirituality and International Aid are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of ZhangKeyesland City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 43.7%.

The frighteningly efficient ZhangKeyeslandian economy, worth a remarkable 1,660 trillion kek nabs a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 282,290 kek nabs, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 966,821 per year while the poor average 60,546, a ratio of 16.0 to 1.

Exploding toys that leak battery acid are back in the shops after the government declared child safety 'over-rated', sending sick politicians "Get Well Soon" cards is considered bribery, farmers' market days almost always end in a shooting, and convicts released after being found "wrongfully imprisoned" are surprisingly chill about the whole thing. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. ZhangKeyesland's national animal is the dog, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is None.

ZhangKeyesland is ranked 1,081st in the world and 729th in The North Pacific for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with 137 Valid Endorsements.

Rudest Citizens: 326thLargest Retail Industry: 602ndMost Armed: 954thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,081stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,130thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,352ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,475thMost Influential: 1,540thTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,717thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,749thLargest Black Market: 1,772ndHighest Average Incomes: 1,995thMost Avoided: 2,088thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,433rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,611thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,697thHighest Crime Rates: 2,767thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,273rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,436thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,475thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,642ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,190thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,192ndLargest Publishing Industry: 4,198thMost Cultured: 5,613thSmartest Citizens: 6,383rdMost Subsidized Industry: 6,825thMost Efficient Economies: 7,118thHighest Economic Output: 7,801stTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 9,207thLargest Governments: 9,468thMost Cheerful Citizens: 10,294thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,326thMost Secular: 11,396thNudest: 13,131stHighest Drug Use: 16,428th
Rudest Citizens: 19th in the regionMost Armed: 34th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 37th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 49th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 52nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 56th in the regionLargest Black Market: 62nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 65th in the regionMost Avoided: 70th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 86th in the regionTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 92nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 100th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 101st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 102nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 108th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 110th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 143rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 151st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 155th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 162nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 189th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 195th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 238th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 260th in the regionMost Cultured: 278th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 311th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 352nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 361st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 396th in the regionNudest: 411th in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 474th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 511th in the regionMost Secular: 587th in the regionMost Influential: 600th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 679th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 729th in the regionLargest Populations: 741st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 827th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : ZhangKeyesland was endorsed by The Queendom of Eravonia.
  • : ZhangKeyesland was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes, the Top 5% for Highest Crime Rates, and the Top 10% for Highest Drug Use.
  • : Following new legislation in ZhangKeyesland, convicts released after being found "wrongfully imprisoned" are surprisingly chill about the whole thing.
  • : Following new legislation in ZhangKeyesland, farmers' market days almost always end in a shooting.
  • : Following new legislation in ZhangKeyesland, sending sick politicians "Get Well Soon" cards is considered bribery.
  • : ZhangKeyesland was reclassified from "Corporate Bordello" to "Capitalist Paradise".
  • : Following new legislation in ZhangKeyesland, exploding toys that leak battery acid are back in the shops after the government declared child safety 'over-rated'.
  • : ZhangKeyesland was reclassified from "New York Times Democracy" to "Corporate Bordello".
  • : Following new legislation in ZhangKeyesland, military doctrine says not to open fire until you see the "beady little eyes" of Johnny Foreigner.
  • : ZhangKeyesland was endorsed by The United Socialist States of Baldova.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 137 » Notyoutopia, Corfad, Alunya, Territorio di Nessuno, The Rhein States, Sinelona, Shibutani, Siwale, Shin-Hachioji, El Fiji Grande, Omnistria, Yaorozu, Pasargad, Great Bights Mum, Saturns Edge, Unimaginable Doom, Trillius, Kwaj, New Pruessen, Selfgradatude, Sundred, Ikea Rike, Acrabinnia, Black Templares, Pallaith, Frances Francis the First of France, Napnomadia, Sunto, Dar es Saalam, Koda-Land, North Bratislava, Dreadton, Egalico, United Draconia, Federation Terra Australis, 1 very fast endotarter, Steampunk Ariel, New Bremerton, Spartoptia, Wilkshire, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Moubarakistan, Jasminlandia, PlanetPunk, Buckerino, Aratani, Valhalla123, Q w e r t y, Ibiscaton, Shadowrik, and 87 others.General COE, Niradans, Kasazzastan, Ethnon, Sil Dorsett, Wineclaw, Torakuen, Holy Oranz, Destructive Government Endorsing System, Loutsland, Noahs Second Country, Former English Colony, Rynion, Test for a new hope, Elder Realms, Alpinea, Analomink, GRANDE IMPERIO ORIENTAL PAGAO EUDUARDO, Juggernautilus, Maott, Guer Aike, Haor Chall, Xentherida, Astrind, Constantinolia, Zumlandia, Glurponia, Joodey, Kobagia, Abject Ludicrosity, New Trisone, Longsword01, Steraz, Xzavia-Hjar, Orado, Utopicican, The Derpercratic Empire of Derpiness, Bearical, Lindsaystan, Penrith, Vincone Cae, Runeda, Daiz, New Octicarg, The Tampa Bay Rays, Sockmanland, Independent Halls, Makersaulache, Duerrlewang, Victoriaans Nederlands, Cuyan, McMasterdonia, Solskjar, Orven, Guslantis, The Stratosphere Islands, Ponantine, Racoda, Wisconsota, The Nation that will win Soops for 9003, Fizban, Gnomewatchers, Amauri, Altamonte, Clan Spaniel, PotatoFarmers, Angshire, United Kahndaq, Miruma, Kranostav, Zecit, Newpromisedland, Yukti, Loli County, Nothru Lerple, Pazair, Empy, The Iron Lions, Seenvorland, Dabarastan, Viridiann, Afcon, Zyvetskistaahn, Parmovand, United Anglo-America, Baldova, and Eravonia.

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