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The Stoked Maid of Zionia Kai 2

“Look for beauty in the love, and the beauty in hate.”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Reasonable
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The Bar on the corner of every region

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Zionia Kai 2

Population743 million

CapitalOld Zionia Kai

CurrencyGold
AnimalExotic Green Eel

The Stoked Maid of Zionia Kai 2 is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its compulsory military service, state-planned economy, and irreverence towards religion. The cynical population of 743 million Zionia Kai 2ians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The relatively small, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Old Zionia Kai. The average income tax rate is 18.5%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Zionia Kai 2ian economy, worth 28.0 trillion Golds a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, fairly diversified black market in Tourism, Cheese Exports, Trout Farming, and Beef-Based Agriculture. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 37,744 Golds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Crocodile roadkill is smeared across the asphalt of the new Formula One track, school lessons are constantly interrupted by 'teacher needs a break' time, orphans would rather live their life of luxury than be adopted by prospective parents, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been banned for advocating gluttony. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zionia Kai 2's national animal is the Exotic Green Eel, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Zionia Kai 2 is ranked 149,544th in the world and 86th in The Bar on the corner of every region for Most Pro-Market, scoring -77.12 on the Rand Index.

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10%
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,492ndMost Pacifist: 16,396th
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Most Income Equality: 4th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4th in the regionTop
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Most Pacifist: 7th in the region

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