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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 60thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 108thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 117th
The Independent Space Colony of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Sieg Zeon!
Supreme Commander Gihren Zabi
Influence
Truckler
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Side 3

Population5.481 billion

CapitalZum City
LeaderSupreme Commander Gihren Zabi

CurrencyZeon credit
Animaleagle

The Independent Space Colony of Side 3 is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Supreme Commander Gihren Zabi with an iron fist, and notable for its pith helmet sales, public floggings, and digital currency. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 5.481 billion Zeons are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Law & Order and Education are also considered important, while International Aid and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zum City. The average income tax rate is 95.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Zeonic economy, worth a remarkable 2,222 trillion Zeon credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Retail. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 405,560 Zeon credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.2 times as much as the poorest.

Travel bureaus double as recruiting centers for national intelligence agencies, the national security service are a bunch of crooks, the "war on terror" doesn't seem to be making Zeons any less frightened, and billions of Zeon credits are being blown on orbital weapons development. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Side 3's national animal is the eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Side 3 is ranked 217,262nd in the world and 60th in The Local Cluster for Most Politically Free, scoring 13 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 60thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 108thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 117thHighest Average Incomes: 736thLargest Black Market: 783rdMost Corrupt Governments: 1,166thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,181stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,597thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,981stLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,008thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2,977thLargest Governments: 3,220thLargest Retail Industry: 3,455thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,736thLowest Crime Rates: 4,036thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,785thMost Cultured: 5,852ndMost Developed: 6,648thHighest Economic Output: 7,172ndRudest Citizens: 7,549thSmartest Citizens: 8,361stMost Efficient Economies: 8,710thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 9,245thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,300thMost Secular: 11,485thMost Armed: 11,811thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,963rdTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 12,813thMost Authoritarian: 19,518thLargest Insurance Industry: 20,182ndLargest Publishing Industry: 20,495thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 20,962ndMost Influential: 22,883rdMost Stationary: 23,286th
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6th in the regionMost Developed: 6th in the regionMost Armed: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Side 3, billions of Zeon credits are being blown on orbital weapons development.
  • : Following new legislation in Side 3, the "war on terror" doesn't seem to be making Zeons any less frightened.
  • : Following new legislation in Side 3, the national security service are a bunch of crooks.
  • : Following new legislation in Side 3, travel bureaus double as recruiting centers for national intelligence agencies.
  • : Following new legislation in Side 3, the nation's new foreign policy of 'very disproportionate retribution' has its neighbors on edge.
  • : Following new legislation in Side 3, the government spends billions to protect Side 3 from a disaster that is one in a million.
  • : Following new legislation in Side 3, wood-framed catapults are ready to launch diseased corpses into besieged cities.
  • : Side 3 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Following new legislation in Side 3, friendly fire incidents usually result in severe burns.
  • : Following new legislation in Side 3, military spending recently hit a new high.

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