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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:
Good

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Wysteria

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The Sexy Spacefaring Shogunate of The Zocalo is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by President Sheridan with an even hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 25.774 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 53%. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Automobile Manufacturing industries.

Cars speed down national highways while drivers sleep at the wheel, crime is on the rise as DNA sampling has been all but outlawed, a fashion designer has been arrested for inciting hatred after claiming redheads couldn't pull off vermillion, and the rich are forced to sell their cars to pay for more police to prevent their cars from being stolen. 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 151st in Wysteria and 112,964th in the world for Best Weather, with -3,930 Metres of Sunlight Above Expected.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 23 hours ago

  • 22 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, the rich are forced to sell their cars to pay for more police to prevent their cars from being stolen.
  • 22 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, a fashion designer has been arrested for inciting hatred after claiming redheads couldn't pull off vermillion.
  • 22 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, crime is on the rise as DNA sampling has been all but outlawed.
  • 22 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, cars speed down national highways while drivers sleep at the wheel.
  • 22 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, inter-species marriages are ignored by the government.
  • 3 days 22 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, minority children spend hours bussing to schools miles away from home.
  • 3 days 22 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, it's always rabbit season.
  • 3 days 22 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, senior citizens can usually be found doing heavy manual labour.
  • 3 days 22 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, the government is reining in public spending.
  • 5 days ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, surrealist houses shaped like mushrooms and volcanoes dominate the wealthiest neighborhoods.

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