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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:
Excellent

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. The hard-nosed, hard-working, intelligent population of 25.445 billion The Zocaloans 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 70%. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Automobile Manufacturing industries.

Government officials frequently cut taxes as a distraction from antics with their secretaries, several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation, private business has started paving paradises and putting up parking lots, and Ollie the Oiled Seal welcomes throngs of tourists to the newly opened Oil Oasis Water Park. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is crippling. The Zocalo's national animal is the Pakmara, which is also the nation's favorite main course, its national religion is Foundationism, and its currency is the credit.

The Zocalo is ranked 148th in Wysteria and 111,279th in the world for Least Corrupt Governments, scoring -533 on the Inverse Mugabe Relativity Rating.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 16 hours ago

  • 5 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, Ollie the Oiled Seal welcomes throngs of tourists to the newly opened Oil Oasis Water Park.
  • 5 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, private business has started paving paradises and putting up parking lots.
  • 5 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation.
  • 5 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, government officials frequently cut taxes as a distraction from antics with their secretaries.
  • 2 days 5 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, The Zocalo-made cars tend to catch fire in people's driveways.
  • 2 days 5 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, fearful citizens watch their every move as does their government.
  • 2 days 5 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, 'A is for Annulment' is a popular children's song.
  • 2 days 5 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, inheritance tax has recently been abolished.
  • 2 days 5 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, birds and children's kites are regularly brought down by anti-aircraft fire.
  • 2 days 17 hours ago: The Zocalo was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Most Cultured (last census: Top 5%).

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