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The Queen's State of Zouyah

“If It Was Not For The Lawyers”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Missouri



Population15.171 billion


The Queen's State of Zouyah is a gargantuan, efficient nation, remarkable for its compulsory military service and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 15.171 billion Zouyahians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Law & Order, although Industry and Defense are also considered important, while Welfare and Spirituality receive no funds. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 6.9%.

The thriving Zouyahian economy, worth 738 trillion betales a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is quite specialized and led by the Beef-Based Agriculture industry, with major contributions from Retail, Trout Farming, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Average income is 48,672 betales, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 140,959 per year while the poor average 13,318, a ratio of 10.6 to 1.

Voting is compulsory. Crime is a problem. Zouyah's national animal is the deer.

Zouyah is ranked 112,821st in the world and 7th in Missouri for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring zero on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Largest Insurance Industry: 7,107thTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 9,843rdLargest Populations: 9,888thLargest Retail Industry: 15,498th
Largest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Zouyah's influence in Missouri rose from "Page" to "Squire".
  • : Zouyah's influence in Missouri rose from "Shoeshiner" to "Page".
  • : Zouyah's influence in Missouri rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Zouyah's influence in Missouri rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Zouyah's influence in Missouri rose from "Zero" to "Minnow".
  • : Zouyah relocated from Purgatory to Missouri.
  • : Zouyah relocated from New Delhi to Purgatory.
  • : Zouyah relocated from Nuget to New Delhi.
  • : Zouyah proposed constructing embassies between Nuget and Commonwealth of north america.
  • : Zouyah was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.