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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

Population9.57 billion

LeaderThe Prime Minister

AnimalMountain Blue Jay

The Federal Socialist Republic of Ziotah and Riverside is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by The Prime Minister with a fair hand, and notable for its anti-smoking policies, rampant corporate plagiarism, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 9.57 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, socially-minded, 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 96.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Ziotan economy, worth a remarkable 1,409 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 major contributions from Information Technology and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 147,263 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 221,282nd in the world and 387th in Forest for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring -17.83 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

Most Compassionate Citizens: 1,056thMost Influential: 1,260thNicest Citizens: 1,293rdMost Pacifist: 1,479thBest Weather: 1,641stMost Rebellious Youth: 1,741stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,860thMost Inclusive: 1,873rdSafest: 1,969thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,000thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,059thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,158thTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,362ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,426thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,439thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,476thHealthiest Citizens: 2,602ndLargest Welfare Programs: 2,805thMost Developed: 3,264thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,666thMost Efficient Economies: 4,140thSmartest Citizens: 4,268thMost Cultured: 4,353rdMost Subsidized Industry: 4,461stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,634thLargest Governments: 5,082ndHighest Poor Incomes: 5,554thLowest Crime Rates: 7,179thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,450thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,689thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 11,329thHighest Economic Output: 11,707thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,739thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,798thHighest Average Incomes: 14,219thMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,638thMost Stationary: 16,537thLargest Information Technology Sector: 17,006thMost Income Equality: 17,880thMost Secular: 19,344thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 20,774th
Largest Publishing Industry: 18th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 22nd in the regionTop
Most Influential: 24th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 24th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 26th in the regionNicest Citizens: 30th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 33rd in the regionSafest: 34th in the regionMost Pacifist: 34th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 35th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 35th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 36th in the regionMost Inclusive: 36th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 38th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 38th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 39th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 39th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 40th in the regionMost Developed: 42nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 43rd in the region

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