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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:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Wysteria

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The Sexy Spacefaring Shogunate of The Zocalo is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by President Sheridan with an even hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, intelligent population of 25.767 billion Babylonians 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 51%. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Automobile Manufacturing industries.

The government is reining in public spending, senior citizens can usually be found doing heavy manual labour, it's always rabbit season, and minority children spend hours bussing to schools miles away from home. 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 98th in Wysteria and 72,927th in the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -7 on the Hayek Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 3 days ago

  • 2 days 17 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, minority children spend hours bussing to schools miles away from home.
  • 2 days 17 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, it's always rabbit season.
  • 2 days 17 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, senior citizens can usually be found doing heavy manual labour.
  • 2 days 17 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, the government is reining in public spending.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, surrealist houses shaped like mushrooms and volcanoes dominate the wealthiest neighborhoods.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, drunk drivers are sent to rehabilitation paid for by the government.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, elevator music has been replaced by thrash metal played at maximum volume.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, Pakmara racing stadiums are open 24/7.
  • 6 days ago: The Zocalo altered its national flag.
  • 6 days ago: The Zocalo changed its national demonym to "Babylonian".

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