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The Sexy Spacefaring Shogunate of The Zocalo

“The Babylon Project was a Dream given Form.”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Wysteria

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The Sexy Spacefaring Shogunate of The Zocalo is a gargantuan, economically powerful nation, ruled by President Sheridan with an even hand, and renowned for its punitive income tax rates. Its hard-nosed, hard-working population of 24.672 billion are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, corrupt, pro-business government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Defence, Commerce, and Education. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Blue Sector. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 80%. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Automobile Manufacturing industries.

Shanty towns have formed around the newly rebuilt commercial district, strange lights seen in the sky are officially regarded as weather balloons or hoaxes and nothing else, new funding allows inner city teachers to replace school laptops almost as fast as they get stolen, and parents live in fear of governmental 'child protection' squads. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is crippling. The Zocalo's national animal is the Pakmara, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, its national religion is Foundationism, and its currency is the credit.

The Zocalo is ranked 157th in Wysteria and 108,336th in the world for Most Authoritarian, with 0.031 Stalins.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 2 hours ago

  • 48 minutes ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, parents live in fear of governmental 'child protection' squads.
  • 48 minutes ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, new funding allows inner city teachers to replace school laptops almost as fast as they get stolen.
  • 48 minutes ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, strange lights seen in the sky are officially regarded as weather balloons or hoaxes and nothing else.
  • 48 minutes ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, shanty towns have formed around the newly rebuilt commercial district.
  • 48 minutes ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, the number of students attending university has reached a record high.
  • 2 days ago: The Zocalo was ranked in the Top 5% of the region for Most Avoided (last census: Top 10%).
  • 2 days 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, the government struggles to keep up with the endless list of petrol disasters.
  • 2 days 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, visitors to the famed rainforests are instead taken to vast furniture factories.
  • 2 days 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, artists are pillars of society.
  • 4 days ago: The Zocalo was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Highest Police Ratios.

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