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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,161st Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1,797th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,938th
The Independent Space Colony of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Sieg Zeon!
Supreme Commander Gihren Zabi
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Side 3

Population2.281 billion

CapitalZum City
LeaderSupreme Commander Gihren Zabi

CurrencyZeon credit
Animaleagle

The Independent Space Colony of Side 3 is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Supreme Commander Gihren Zabi with an iron fist, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, compulsory military service, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 2.281 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 prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Industry also on the agenda, while Social Policy and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zum City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 78.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Zeonic economy, worth 478 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 a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Retail, and Beef-Based Agriculture. 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 209,827 Zeon credits, with the richest citizens earning 7.9 times as much as the poorest.

Scientists earn more grant money for reproducing old experiments than trying anything new, foreign leaders' Twitcher accounts are monitored for potential threats to national security, the number of children one can have is restricted by law, and citizens who don't attend the nation's massive military parades tend to disappear overnight. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded 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 35,559th in the world and 43rd in The Local Cluster for Most Influential, scoring 548 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,161stTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1,797thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,938thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,398thLargest Retail Industry: 2,530thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,234thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,681stLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,912thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,932ndHighest Average Incomes: 4,944thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,240thLargest Black Market: 5,284thLowest Crime Rates: 5,502ndTop
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Largest Governments: 8,123rdMost Cultured: 8,228thMost Developed: 9,636thMost Secular: 9,869thSmartest Citizens: 10,008thMost Efficient Economies: 10,033rdMost Advanced Public Education: 13,601stMost Beautiful Environments: 13,922ndMost Subsidized Industry: 13,943rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,080thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,116thHealthiest Citizens: 14,919thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,942nd
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 8th in the regionMost Secular: 9th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 9th in the regionLargest Black Market: 9th in the regionMost Developed: 9th in the regionMost Cultured: 9th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Side 3 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Healthiest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Side 3, citizens who don't attend the nation's massive military parades tend to disappear overnight.
  • : Following new legislation in Side 3, the number of children one can have is restricted by law.
  • : Side 3 was reclassified from "Father Knows Best State" to "Iron Fist Consumerists".
  • : Following new legislation in Side 3, foreign leaders' Twitcher accounts are monitored for potential threats to national security.
  • : Following new legislation in Side 3, scientists earn more grant money for reproducing old experiments than trying anything new.
  • : Following new legislation in Side 3, Tom and Jerry cartoons have cat and mouse resolving their problems with reasoned discussion.
  • : Following new legislation in Side 3, the volume of paperwork used to complete a single environmental assessment defeats the purpose.
  • : Side 3 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Following new legislation in Side 3, police officers catch up on their paperwork while handing their caseload to PIs.

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