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The Holy Blue Republic of Zip

“NationStates” Yodle

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The Free Nations Region

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Zip

Population5.709 billion

CapitalNew Zip
LeaderYodle
FaithYodlism

Currencydollar
AnimalZombie

The Holy Blue Republic of Zip is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Yodle with an even hand, and notable for its fear of technology, irreverence towards religion, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 5.709 billion Ziptopians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Zip. The average income tax rate is 36.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Zipian economy, worth 590 trillion dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Basket Weaving, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 103,500 dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.7 times as much as the poorest.

For the sake of 'public interest' news programs tell viewers how to home-make Sarin gas bombs, diplomatic cables about Yodle have suddenly been very flattering, soldiers who shoot themselves in the foot are regarded as heroes, and the population's jaw muscles put sharks to shame. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zip's national animal is the Zombie, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Yodlism.

Zip is ranked 18,543rd in the world and 27th in The Free Nations Region for Largest Black Market, with 25.9 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Top
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,993rdTop
5%
Most Primitive: 3,115thMost Secular: 7,439thTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 12,462ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 13,614thHighest Disposable Incomes: 18,324thLargest Black Market: 18,543rdMost Efficient Economies: 20,156thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 21,559thMost Subsidized Industry: 23,485th
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1%
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 4th in the regionTop
5%
Most Primitive: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 22nd in the regionTop
10%
Largest Black Market: 27th in the regionMost Secular: 28th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 37th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Zip, the population's jaw muscles put sharks to shame.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip, soldiers who shoot themselves in the foot are regarded as heroes.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip, diplomatic cables about Yodle have suddenly been very flattering.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip, for the sake of 'public interest' news programs tell viewers how to home-make Sarin gas bombs.
  • : Zip was reclassified from "Moralistic Democracy" to "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Zip, airplane passengers have been known to stuff pillows in their jackets to get extra arm room.
  • : Zip was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Basket Weaving Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip, motorists must pay to enter inner-cities during peak hours.
  • : Following new legislation in Zip, a doomsday device lies untouched in a public park (Zip has found 3 easter eggs).
  • : Following new legislation in Zip, female brains are believed to heat up dangerously when 'overclocked'.

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