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The ឵឵឵឵ of Island Zero

“Stoke the forge and bathe the land in cleansing fire.”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Location: The Alliance of Dictators

Regional Influence: Truckler

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The ឵឵឵឵ of Island Zero is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Z3 with a fair hand, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, otherworldly petting zoo, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 2.367 billion Islanders 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, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Furnace. The average income tax rate is 94.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Zeron economy, worth 840 trillion bits 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. 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 an amazing 355,244 bits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Earthquake sirens are a leading cause of hearing loss, GP clinics are inundated by patients requesting prescriptions for alcohol, Z3's used car is held together by bumper stickers that support the opposition, and tombstones are ten feet high to accommodate the names of inhabitants. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Island Zero's national animal is the tardigrade, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Island Zero is ranked 13,572nd in the world and 15th in The Alliance of Dictators for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 9,522.49 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 270thMost Scientifically Advanced: 516thHighest Poor Incomes: 866thRudest Citizens: 1,127thHighest Average Incomes: 1,201stMost Advanced Public Education: 1,327thSmartest Citizens: 1,539thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,633rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,803rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,824thMost Avoided: 1,838thMost Armed: 2,147thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,182ndLargest Mining Sector: 2,361stTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,752ndMost Developed: 2,859thLargest Black Market: 3,206thLargest Governments: 3,302ndMost Corrupt Governments: 3,443rdMost Efficient Economies: 4,582ndMost Subsidized Industry: 4,654thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,431stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6,333rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,503rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,592ndMost Secular: 7,139thLowest Crime Rates: 7,282ndMost Influential: 8,410thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,714thLargest Retail Industry: 8,818thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,529thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,588thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,885thMost Valuable International Artwork: 12,046thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 13,572ndLongest Average Lifespans: 17,236thFattest Citizens: 19,525thHighest Economic Output: 22,376th
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Rudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 7th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 7th in the regionMost Developed: 8th in the regionMost Armed: 8th in the regionMost Average: 8th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 10th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 12th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 8 » Terlanagli Army, Karterstan, Nuzozya, Terhovistan, Balberica, Spiritual Republic of Caryton, Airstrip Twenty Four, and Vlakistonia.