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The Sexy Spacefaring Shogunate of The Zocalo

“The Babylon Project was a Dream given Form.”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

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 museums and concert halls. The hard-nosed, hard-working, intelligent population of 25.56 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 55%. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Automobile Manufacturing industries.

Hundreds of thousands of convicts work as slaves in The Zocalo's many privately-owned prisons, corporations donate huge sums of money to favored politicians, eight year-olds with lemonade stands have been known to be locked up on charges of embezzlement, and reports of arson have doubled since the introduction of a privatised fire protection service. 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 60th in Wysteria and 36,484th in the world for Highest Average Tax Rates, scoring 8 on the Inverse Hayek Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 2 days 21 hours ago

  • 1 day 20 hours ago: The Zocalo fell out of the world Top 5% for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • 2 days 20 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, reports of arson have doubled since the introduction of a privatised fire protection service.
  • 2 days 20 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, eight year-olds with lemonade stands have been known to be locked up on charges of embezzlement.
  • 2 days 20 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, corporations donate huge sums of money to favored politicians.
  • 2 days 20 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, hundreds of thousands of convicts work as slaves in The Zocalo's many privately-owned prisons.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, photographers can be found hiding behind the curtains in President Sheridan's bedroom.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, government officials have to mortgage their homes to make ends meet.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, curtailed social programs have left many citizens bereft of any safety net.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, ethnic minorities are often refused admission to some of the nation's best schools.
  • 7 days ago: Following new legislation in The Zocalo, the military has had to quell a recent insurrection by uninsured revolutionaries.

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