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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: Power

Location: Zentari


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Population21.17 billion

LeaderPresident Dmitri Covasku III


The Constitutional Empire of Zurkerx is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by President Dmitri Covasku III with a fair hand, and notable for its deadly medical pandemics, sprawling nuclear power plants, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 21.17 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 receive no funds. 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 13,414 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 90th in the world and 1st in Zentari for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 48,151.74 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 14thRudest Citizens: 31stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 48thHighest Disposable Incomes: 49thMost Avoided: 50thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 56thFattest Citizens: 56thMost Armed: 65thHighest Crime Rates: 66thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 80thMost Scientifically Advanced: 84thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 86thLargest Gambling Industry: 90thMost Rebellious Youth: 93rdLargest Retail Industry: 96thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 102ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 113thHighest Average Incomes: 119thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 126thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 171stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 176thMost Efficient Economies: 177thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 199thLargest Insurance Industry: 216thHighest Economic Output: 225thMost Secular: 235thLargest Agricultural Sector: 273rdLargest Mining Sector: 288thLargest Information Technology Sector: 473rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 561stSmartest Citizens: 726thMost Cultured: 745thMost Inclusive: 1,337thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,359thMost Stationary: 1,376thTop
Largest Governments: 3,093rdLargest Publishing Industry: 3,323rdMost Corrupt Governments: 3,388thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,887thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,500thLargest Populations: 5,713thLargest Black Market: 7,858thNudest: 9,488thMost Influential: 10,161stMost Subsidized Industry: 10,763rdTop
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 16,835thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,396thMost Pro-Market: 18,673rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 18,917thHighest Drug Use: 21,850th
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the region

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