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The Sexy Spacefaring Shogunate of The Zocalo

“The Babylon Project was a Dream given Form.”

Category: Capitalizt
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, economically powerful nation, ruled by President Sheridan with an even hand, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, intelligent population of 25.972 billion Babylonians enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, corrupt, pro-business individuals 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. Income tax is unheard of. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Automobile Manufacturing industries.

Seafood restaurants assure customers 'If it lives in the sea, it's on our menu', scenic tours are unheard of after most environmental laws were abolished, citizens drive tank-like vehicles with mounted machine guns, and computer users are buried daily in thousands of unsolicited emails. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is crippling, and the police force struggles against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. 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 9th in Wysteria and 19th in the world for Largest Information Technology Sector, scoring 44 on the Fann-Boi Productivity Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 17 hours ago

  • 16 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, computer users are buried daily in thousands of unsolicited emails.
  • 16 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, citizens drive tank-like vehicles with mounted machine guns.
  • 16 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, scenic tours are unheard of after most environmental laws were abolished.
  • 16 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, seafood restaurants assure customers 'If it lives in the sea, it's on our menu'.
  • 3 days 4 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, an increasing percentage of the population's youth have homosexual parents.
  • 3 days 4 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, door-to-door salesmen are frequently beaten up by 'vigilantes'.
  • 3 days 4 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, most of the military's funding goes into researching space-age weaponry.
  • 5 days ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, 'A is for Annulment' is a popular children's song.
  • 9 days ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, fearful citizens watch their every move as does their government.
  • 9 days ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway.

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