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The United Vigilance Committees of Zobetenovia

“Justice for all”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: The Astral Union

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Zobetenovia

Population953 million

CapitalZoberrum
LeaderThe GAGDVC

CurrencyDeazie
AnimalGriffin

The United Vigilance Committees of Zobetenovia is a huge, orderly nation, ruled by The GAGDVC with an iron fist, and notable for its rum-swilling pirates, frequent executions, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-working, cynical, devout population of 953 million Zobertenians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Welfare, Law & Order, and Healthcare are also considered important. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zoberrum. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 61.6%.

The powerhouse Zobetenovian economy, worth 85.7 trillion Deazies a year, is fairly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Woodchip Exports, Uranium Mining, and Cheese Exports. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 89,978 Deazies, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 271,557 per year while the poor average 23,228, a ratio of 11.7 to 1.

Foreign countries consider stepping on their grass to be a serious offense, citizens are encouraged to report friends, family members or co-workers who seem depressed to the government for "counselling", pretending to be prejudiced is a good way to get out of jury duty, and politicians are forced to wear portable lie detectors at all times. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zobetenovia's national animal is the Griffin, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Zobetenovia is ranked 44,579th in the world and 3rd in The Astral Union for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 61.57 Effective Tax Rate.

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5%
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,174thTop
10%
Largest Welfare Programs: 11,693rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,892ndMost Devout: 16,186thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 16,723rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,790thBest Weather: 18,373rd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Zobetenovia, politicians are forced to wear portable lie detectors at all times.
  • : Following new legislation in Zobetenovia, pretending to be prejudiced is a good way to get out of jury duty.
  • : Following new legislation in Zobetenovia, citizens are encouraged to report friends, family members or co-workers who seem depressed to the government for "counselling".
  • : Following new legislation in Zobetenovia, foreign countries consider stepping on their grass to be a serious offense.
  • : Following new legislation in Zobetenovia, only the rich can afford the latest medical innovations.
  • : Following new legislation in Zobetenovia, the nation is infamous for its mass graves of discarded robots.
  • : Following new legislation in Zobetenovia, Tom and Jerry cartoons have cat and mouse resolving their problems with reasoned discussion.
  • : Following new legislation in Zobetenovia, phenotypic plasticity is a struggle for sealife in polluted waters.
  • : Following new legislation in Zobetenovia, a newly discovered small mammal's name translates into Zobetenovian as 'your finger, you fool'.
  • : Zobetenovia changed its national leader to "The GAGDVC".

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