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The Constitutional Empire of Zurkerx

“The Empire Shall Grow” President Dmitri Covasku III

Category: Anarchy
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Regional Influence: Superpower

Location: Zentari


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Population20.694 billion

LeaderPresident Dmitri Covasku III


The Constitutional Empire of Zurkerx is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by President Dmitri Covasku III with a fair hand, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, keen interest in outer space, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 20.694 billion Zurks live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, corrupt, liberal, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Defense, although Industry and Education are also considered important, while Environment and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Moskova. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Zurk economy, worth an astonishing 13,113 trillion Zureus a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Soda Sales, and Gambling. Average income is a breathtaking 633,666 Zureus, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,452,142 per year while the poor average 59,688, a ratio of 57.8 to 1.

Unemployed political consultants and advertisers spend every election night weeping for the good old days, a suspicious number of John Smiths are known to donate to Zurk politicians, mandatory updates on software drivers often bring life to a halt, and evasive politicians don't fail to strongly commit to not committing to a course of non-inaction. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Zurkerx's national animal is the Buffalo, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Atheism.

Zurkerx is ranked 188th in the world and 1st in Zentari for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 17,874.51 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 14thRudest Citizens: 28thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 48thHighest Disposable Incomes: 50thMost Avoided: 51stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 52ndFattest Citizens: 53rdMost Armed: 62ndHighest Crime Rates: 65thMost Scientifically Advanced: 77thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 79thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 83rdLargest Gambling Industry: 89thMost Rebellious Youth: 94thLargest Retail Industry: 95thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 104thHighest Average Incomes: 110thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 117thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 145thMost Efficient Economies: 160thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 177thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 188thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 194thLargest Insurance Industry: 208thMost Secular: 219thHighest Economic Output: 224thLargest Agricultural Sector: 254thLargest Mining Sector: 273rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 436thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 526thSmartest Citizens: 713thMost Cultured: 726thMost Valuable International Artwork: 975thMost Inclusive: 1,269thMost Stationary: 1,387thTop
Largest Governments: 3,038thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,131stLargest Publishing Industry: 3,310thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,735thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,356thLargest Populations: 5,752ndLargest Black Market: 7,369thNudest: 8,819thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,043rdMost Influential: 10,236thTop
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 13,200thMost Pro-Market: 15,163rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15,618thHighest Drug Use: 18,301stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20,437th
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the region

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