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The Grand Empire of
Father Knows Best State
Long live Zicona
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population2.802 billion


CurrencyZiconean Gold Coins

The Grand Empire of Zicona is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Keenanuis with an iron fist, and renowned for its smutty television, otherworldly petting zoo, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 2.802 billion Ziconeans 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 large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Constantinople. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 89.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Ziconean economy, worth 440 trillion Ziconean Gold Coins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an impressive 157,040 Ziconean Gold Coins, with the richest citizens earning 5.6 times as much as the poorest.

Military strategists are questioning the wisdom of subsidizing the economies of sworn enemies, exorbitant spending on icebreakers breaks the ice at every budget meeting, conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings, and Red Cross demand for body bags is rising while sutures go unused. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zicona's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Heliolism.

Zicona is ranked 219,914th in the world and 60th in The Monarchy alliance for Most Avoided, scoring 0.46 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,727thLowest Crime Rates: 6,335thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,856thMost Developed: 7,060thHealthiest Citizens: 7,714thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,951stLargest Governments: 8,265thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,380thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,412thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,679thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,726thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,460thMost Secular: 9,715thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,987thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,511thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,835thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,107thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,157thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,388thTop
Smartest Citizens: 11,777thHighest Average Incomes: 11,998thBest Weather: 12,083rdMost Beautiful Environments: 12,320thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,802ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14,986thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,215thMost Cultured: 15,357thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,470thMost Efficient Economies: 16,773rdMost Inclusive: 21,743rd
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionBest Weather: 6th in the region

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