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The Kingdom of Zozanio

“All as One” Zako Youri

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Newcomer

Location: Balder



Population1.826 billion

LeaderZako Youri

AnimalGrizzly Bear

The Kingdom of Zozanio is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Zako Youri with a fair hand, and renowned for its national health service, compulsory military service, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 1.826 billion Zozans enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mai'Zekore. The average income tax rate is 68.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Zozanian economy, worth 237 trillion Jecols a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 130,181 Jecols, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Graffiti graces every city's streets, motorists' locations are constantly tracked by intelligence and law enforcement agencies, glamping Zozans won't sleep in a tent that doesn't include a Jacuzzi, and political talk shows often have children as guests whenever they need commentary on world religions. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Zozanio's national animal is the Grizzly Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Zozanio is ranked 120,061st in the world and 4,346th in Balder for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 921.13 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,443rdHighest Poor Incomes: 8,655thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,009thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,177thNicest Citizens: 9,715thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,768thHealthiest Citizens: 10,154thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,210thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 10,612thMost Cultured: 11,366thMost Inclusive: 11,495thMost Developed: 11,600thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,615thMost Valuable International Artwork: 12,259thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,316thSmartest Citizens: 14,217thMost Efficient Economies: 18,213thLargest Welfare Programs: 18,317thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18,492ndHighest Average Incomes: 18,752ndMost Advanced Public Education: 20,178th
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 212th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 364th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 425th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 464th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 479th in the regionNicest Citizens: 503rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 506th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 520th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 523rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 577th in the regionMost Developed: 601st in the regionMost Inclusive: 604th in the regionMost Cultured: 618th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 639th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Zozanio's influence in Balder rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Zozanio's influence in Balder rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Zozanio's influence in Balder rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Zozanio was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Nicest Citizens, Most Compassionate Citizens, Most Scientifically Advanced, Largest Information Technology Sector, and Healthiest Citizens.
  • : Zozanio was refounded in Balder.
  • : Zozanio ceased to exist in Lazarus.
  • : Zozanio was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry and the Top 10% for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Zozanio was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Cheerful Citizens and the Top 10% for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Zozanio was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs.
  • : Zozanio's influence in Lazarus rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".


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