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The Community of Zunden

“Property of Bowzin”

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

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: Balder

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Zunden

Population1.864 billion

Currencypoint
Animalbeast

The Community of Zunden is a massive, safe nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 1.864 billion Zundenians 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 enormous, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 74.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Zundenian economy, worth 30.5 trillion points a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Furniture Restoration, Automobile Manufacturing, and Soda Sales. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 16,373 points, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Traffic tickets are punishable by 9000 push-ups, military spending is on the increase, scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes, and several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zunden's national animal is the beast, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Zunden is ranked 88,326th in the world and 3,874th in Balder for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 861.16 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Most Authoritarian: 1,012thMost Conservative: 1,284thTop
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Most Extreme: 2,655thMost Ignorant Citizens: 7,778thTop
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Most Income Equality: 7,951st
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Most Authoritarian: 15th in the regionMost Extreme: 22nd in the regionMost Conservative: 23rd in the regionTop
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Most Income Equality: 156th in the regionTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 314th in the region

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