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The Dictatorship of Zoyan

“Brave at heart”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Outlawed
Economy:
Imploded
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific

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Zoyan

Population15.59 billion

CurrencyEuro
Animalhawk

The Dictatorship of Zoyan is a gargantuan, orderly nation, renowned for its punitive income tax rates, restrictive gun laws, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical population of 15.59 billion Zoyanians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Administration, and Public Transport. The average income tax rate is 74.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Zoyanian economy, worth 36.2 trillion Euros a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Basket Weaving industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Gambling. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 2,322 Euros, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zoyan's national animal is the hawk.

Zoyan is ranked 141,009th in the world and 5,308th in the South Pacific for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 30.37 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Most Authoritarian: 29thMost Conservative: 68thMost Income Equality: 156thMost Extreme: 392ndTop
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Most Stationary: 3,413thMost Ignorant Citizens: 4,563rdTop
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Most Influential: 11,913thLargest Populations: 12,827thHighest Average Tax Rates: 20,714thMost Pacifist: 21,897th
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Most Authoritarian: 5th in the regionMost Income Equality: 6th in the regionMost Conservative: 6th in the regionMost Extreme: 9th in the regionMost Stationary: 80th in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 134th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 221st in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 678th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 704th in the regionLargest Black Market: 792nd in the regionMost Influential: 852nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Zoyan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pacifist.
  • : Zoyan was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Zoyan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
  • : Zoyan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pacifist.
  • : Zoyan was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Zoyan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Zoyan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Zoyan was struck by a Mk IV (Pacifier) Cure Missile from The Republic of Trolleborg, curing 140 million infected.
  • : Zoyan was ravaged by a Zombie Thing Horde from The Hive of Delthorensdale, infecting 610 million survivors and converting to a zombie exporter! Oh no!
  • : Zoyan was struck by a Mk III (Purifier) Cure Missile from The Great Empire of Kandorith, curing 152 million infected.

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