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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,384thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 13,936thLargest Gambling Industry: 13,985th
The People's Republic of
Father Knows Best State
Obedientiae virtute fideque Maximus
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Zerphique

Population1.224 billion

CurrencyEmira
AnimalFalcon

The People's Republic of Zerphique is a massive, orderly nation, notable for its compulsory military service, irreverence towards religion, and absence of drug laws. The hard-working, cynical population of 1.224 billion Zerphiqueans are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The tiny, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Welfare. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 6.5%.

The strong Zerphiquean economy, worth 84.5 trillion Emiras a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Woodchip Exports, Basket Weaving, and Uranium Mining. Average income is 69,071 Emiras, with the richest citizens earning 7.0 times as much as the poorest.

It is illegal to make racist remarks in public, scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes, same-sex marriages are increasingly common, and punitive tariffs protect local industry. Crime is moderate, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Zerphique's national animal is the Falcon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Zerphique is ranked 60,454th in the world and 63rd in International Democratic Union for Highest Average Incomes, with 69,071.2 Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,384thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 13,936thLargest Gambling Industry: 13,985thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 14,543rd
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7th in the regionFattest Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 9th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 9th in the regionMost Primitive: 10th in the region

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