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The Sexy Spacefaring Shogunate of The Zocalo

“The Babylon Project was a Dream given Form.”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Excellent
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 keen interest in outer space. Its hard-nosed, hard-working population of 24.699 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.

Fur coats have become the latest fashion trend, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller, and the government is making attempts at curtailing the flood of spam emails with little progress. 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 70th in Wysteria and 37,394th in the world for Highest Drug Use, scoring 80 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 2 days 6 hours ago

  • 2 days 1 hour ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, the government is making attempts at curtailing the flood of spam emails with little progress.
  • 2 days 1 hour ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller.
  • 2 days 1 hour ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates.
  • 2 days 1 hour ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, fur coats have become the latest fashion trend.
  • 2 days 1 hour ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, schoolchildren have twice-weekly sex education classes.
  • 5 days ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, parents live in fear of governmental 'child protection' squads.
  • 5 days ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, new funding allows inner city teachers to replace school laptops almost as fast as they get stolen.
  • 5 days ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, strange lights seen in the sky are officially regarded as weather balloons or hoaxes and nothing else.
  • 5 days ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, shanty towns have formed around the newly rebuilt commercial district.
  • 5 days ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, the number of students attending university has reached a record high.

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