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The Federal Socialist Republic of Ziotah and Riverside

“For the many.”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Truckler

Location: Forest


Ziotah and Riverside

Population10.747 billion

LeaderThe Prime Minister

AnimalMountain Blue Jay

The Federal Socialist Republic of Ziotah and Riverside is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by The Prime Minister with a fair hand, and renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, state-planned economy, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 10.747 billion Ziotans are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lindon. The average income tax rate is 96.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Ziotan economy, worth a remarkable 1,561 trillion Zios a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 145,307 Zios, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The "right of sanctuary" stops police pursuit into temples and churches, there's a lot of hot air coming from the Capitol Building, Mountain Blue Jay is one of the most popular forenames in Ziotah and Riverside, and the government has begun selling heroin and ecstasy to help fund its projects. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ziotah and Riverside's national animal is the Mountain Blue Jay, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Ziotah and Riverside is ranked 2,134th in the world and 66th in Forest for Most Beautiful Environments, with 3,256.84 Pounds Of Wildlife Per Square Mile.

Most Influential: 988thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,174thNicest Citizens: 1,425thMost Pacifist: 1,606thBest Weather: 1,634thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,773rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,784thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,874thSafest: 2,003rdMost Inclusive: 2,080thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,134thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,213thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,339thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,383rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,450thTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 2,565thHealthiest Citizens: 2,682ndLargest Welfare Programs: 2,862ndMost Developed: 3,356thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,627thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,846thMost Efficient Economies: 4,337thSmartest Citizens: 4,396thMost Cultured: 4,432ndMost Subsidized Industry: 4,562ndLargest Governments: 5,178thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,944thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,400thLowest Crime Rates: 7,541stMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,005thHighest Economic Output: 11,239thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,388thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,056thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,775thHighest Average Incomes: 15,294thMost Stationary: 15,363rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 17,760thLargest Information Technology Sector: 18,603rdMost Secular: 19,894thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 20,835thMost Income Equality: 21,618th
Most Rebellious Youth: 23rd in the regionMost Influential: 23rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 23rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 24th in the regionTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 28th in the regionNicest Citizens: 34th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 34th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 36th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 36th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 37th in the regionMost Pacifist: 39th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 39th in the regionSafest: 40th in the regionMost Inclusive: 40th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 41st in the regionMost Stationary: 42nd in the regionMost Developed: 45th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 47th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 47th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 48th in the region

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