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Most Influential: 78thLargest Publishing Industry: 251stMost Devout: 526th
The Holy Empire of
Democratic Socialists
Per omnia saecula saeculorum.
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population21.418 billion

Leaderthe Chancellor


The Holy Empire of Zyrcrestia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by the Chancellor with an even hand, and notable for its pith helmet sales, sprawling nuclear power plants, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 21.418 billion Zyrcrestians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The relatively small, socially-minded government is primarily concerned with Education, although Healthcare, Environment, and Law & Order are also considered important, while Social Policy and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zyrtulai. The average income tax rate is 46.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Zyrcrestian economy, worth a remarkable 4,687 trillion zyrces a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 218,848 zyrces, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Unemployed youngsters trained to kill are being released en masse into society, third world countries are rich in "I Love Zyrtulai" t-shirts, the new biography of the Chancellor is subtitled "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Hate the Bomb", and only 'organics' are permitted to be citizens. Crime is totally unknown. Zyrcrestia's national animal is the raven, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Catholicism.

Zyrcrestia is ranked 2,148th in the world and 48th in 10000 Islands for Most Developed, scoring 97.48 on the Human Development Index.

Most Influential: 78thLargest Publishing Industry: 251stMost Devout: 526thLeast Corrupt Governments: 845thMost Cultured: 1,045thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,139thSafest: 1,392ndSmartest Citizens: 1,750thHighest Economic Output: 1,996thTop
Most Developed: 2,148thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,186thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,187thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,221stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,372ndHighest Poor Incomes: 2,406thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,926thHealthiest Citizens: 4,603rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,697thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,730thLowest Crime Rates: 4,798thHighest Average Incomes: 4,931stMost Stationary: 4,996thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,096thLargest Populations: 5,331stMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,417thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,506thBest Weather: 6,280thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,225thMost Efficient Economies: 7,658thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,972ndLargest Governments: 8,506thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,674thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,790thMost Pacifist: 12,444thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,585thLargest Retail Industry: 12,722ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 17,665thNicest Citizens: 18,840thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 19,387thMost Valuable International Artwork: 19,452nd
Most Devout: 5th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16th in the regionMost Influential: 18th in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 21st in the regionMost Cultured: 25th in the regionSafest: 29th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 37th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 41st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 42nd in the regionLargest Populations: 44th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 46th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 47th in the regionMost Developed: 48th in the regionMost Stationary: 49th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 51st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 63rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 69th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 69th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 73rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 73rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 76th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 84th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 84th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 86th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 90th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 91st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 93rd in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 107th in the regionLargest Governments: 115th in the regionBest Weather: 122nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 153rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 171st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 188th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 189th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 203rd in the region

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