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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 909thLargest Insurance Industry: 932ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 987th
The People's Republic of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Worker's Revolution Through Capital
Xi Zhang
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population10.709 billion

LeaderXi Zhang
FaithState Sanctioned Atheism

AnimalBengy Tiger

The People's Republic of Zhengan is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Xi Zhang with an iron fist, and renowned for its pith helmet sales, triple-decker prams, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 10.709 billion Zhenganese are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Industry, with Law & Order also on the agenda, while Welfare and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hangzhou. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Zhenganian economy, worth a remarkable 2,222 trillion Luans 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 a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Retail, Gambling, and Information Technology. 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 207,521 Luans, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,363,770 per year while the poor average 12,320, a ratio of 110 to 1.

International collectors know that a grease-stain on a work of art probably means it's passed through Zhengan, international war crimes are good for business and business is booming, drill sergeants yell in the ears of bespectacled nerds in cybermilitary "reboot camps", and it is a silent spring in Zhengan. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Zhengan's national animal is the Bengy Tiger, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is State Sanctioned Atheism.

Zhengan is ranked 1,531st in the world and 3rd in Anteria for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring 14,604.54 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 909thLargest Insurance Industry: 932ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 987thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,117thFattest Citizens: 1,453rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,531stHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,540thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,579thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,688thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,055thMost Avoided: 2,210thTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,335thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,451stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3,459thLargest Retail Industry: 3,879thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,945thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,605thLargest Mining Sector: 4,841stMost Efficient Economies: 5,601stHighest Average Incomes: 5,669thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,735thHighest Economic Output: 6,624thLargest Agricultural Sector: 6,748thMost Armed: 7,108thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,252ndTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 11,238thMost Devout: 11,869thMost Ignorant Citizens: 13,982ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,512thMost Influential: 15,554thLargest Black Market: 15,988thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16,200thMost Stationary: 18,636thMost Subsidized Industry: 21,008th
Largest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 8th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 10th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 11th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 11th in the regionMost Armed: 12th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Populations: 12th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionMost Stationary: 14th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 15th in the regionTop
Highest Drug Use: 16th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18th in the regionLargest Black Market: 20th in the regionMost Devout: 20th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 27th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 27th in the region

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