by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,736th Most Influential: 3,841st Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,177th
The Milkshake of
Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Population613 million

CapitalThe Capital District


The Milkshake of Zess is a huge, socially progressive nation, renowned for its digital currency, anti-smoking policies, and infamous sell-swords. The compassionate, democratic population of 613 million Zessians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Capital District. The average income tax rate is 68.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Zessian economy, worth 58.0 trillion Z-coins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Basket Weaving, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is 94,683 Z-coins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Political talk shows often have children as guests whenever they need commentary on world religions, government officials sit helplessly as they are labelled 'Pompous Womples' by celebrities, fair-weather fans talk during plays while die-hard theatre enthusiasts stay at home, and the new 'Things We Stole From Other Countries' exhibition at the National Museum of Antiquities is a hit. Crime is totally unknown. Zess's national animal is the neko, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Zess is ranked 12,774th in the world and 380th in the South Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 337.31 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,736thMost Influential: 3,841stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,177thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,797thMost Pacifist: 6,811thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,723rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,098thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,288thNicest Citizens: 8,549thMost Inclusive: 8,620thTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,546thLeast Corrupt Governments: 10,133rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 10,805thHealthiest Citizens: 11,155thBest Weather: 11,334thMost Secular: 11,375thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,486thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,774thLargest Welfare Programs: 13,617thSafest: 14,341stHighest Poor Incomes: 15,243rdMost Beautiful Environments: 15,502ndSmartest Citizens: 17,065th
Most Rebellious Youth: 163rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 178th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 194th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 210th in the regionMost Pacifist: 228th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 267th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 282nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 289th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 298th in the regionMost Inclusive: 314th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 336th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 343rd in the regionBest Weather: 349th in the regionMost Influential: 349th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 352nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 354th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 380th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 384th in the regionMost Secular: 398th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 443rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 460th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 495th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 518th in the regionSafest: 521st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 530th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 534th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 628th in the regionLargest Governments: 726th in the region

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