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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 notable for its unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working, intelligent population of 25.261 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.

The army's shirt ninjas are the most feared assassins in the region, pristine wilderness has been trashed in the quest for cheaper oil, tourists outnumber citizens two to one, and school uniforms are compulsory. 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 9th in Wysteria and 80th in the world for Most Cultured, scoring 439 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 1 day 12 hours ago

  • 1 day 11 hours ago: The Zocalo was reclassified from "Capitalizt" to "Capitalist Paradise".
  • 1 day 11 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, school uniforms are compulsory.
  • 1 day 11 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, tourists outnumber citizens two to one.
  • 1 day 11 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, pristine wilderness has been trashed in the quest for cheaper oil.
  • 1 day 11 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, the army's shirt ninjas are the most feared assassins in the region.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, only the rich can afford the latest medical innovations.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, it is mandatory to learn evolution in schools.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, euthanasia is legal.
  • 7 days ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, one-stop superstores divide and conquer family businesses.
  • 7 days ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, scenic tours are unheard of after most environmental laws were abolished.

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