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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 18thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 28thHighest Disposable Incomes: 28th
The Sexy Spacefaring Shogunate of
Capitalist Paradise
The Babylon Project was a Dream given Form.
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The Zocalo

Population39.696 billion

CapitalBlue Sector
LeaderPresident Sheridan
FaithFoundationism

Currencycredit
AnimalPakmara

The Sexy Spacefaring Shogunate of The Zocalo is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by President Sheridan with an even hand, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, sprawling nuclear power plants, and aversion to nipples. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 39.696 billion Babylonians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Blue Sector. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Zocaloan economy, worth an astonishing 29,618 trillion credits a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Automobile Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. Average income is a breathtaking 746,135 credits, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,608,417 per year while the poor average 89,503, a ratio of 40.3 to 1.

There's never enough space in space, owners of man-portable particle accelerator backpacks are advised not to cross the streams, cooking with water and baking soda is considered patent infringement, and children must make a homemade spinach and ricotta rotolo by high school or be held back. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, probably because of the absence of a police force. The Zocalo's national animal is the Pakmara, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Foundationism.

The Zocalo is ranked 120th in the world and 2nd in Babylon 5 for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 25,499.85 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 18thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 28thHighest Disposable Incomes: 28thHighest Economic Output: 29thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 29thLargest Populations: 32ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 37thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 42ndMost Armed: 44thHighest Average Incomes: 60thLargest Agricultural Sector: 62ndLargest Gambling Industry: 70thMost Avoided: 79thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 83rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 88thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 89thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 95thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 106thLargest Mining Sector: 109thMost Efficient Economies: 111thLargest Insurance Industry: 120thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 121stMost Scientifically Advanced: 134thHighest Crime Rates: 144thFattest Citizens: 163rdLargest Publishing Industry: 224thMost Cultured: 228thSmartest Citizens: 276thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 305thRudest Citizens: 411thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 623rdLargest Retail Industry: 763rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 804thMost Secular: 934thMost Corrupt Governments: 969thMost Rebellious Youth: 975thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,158thTop
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Largest Governments: 4,937thLargest Black Market: 6,006thMost Stationary: 8,581stMost Subsidized Industry: 10,239thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,009thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 14,605thMost Pro-Market: 21,321stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 21,819thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 24,032nd

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  • : The Zocalo was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : The Zocalo was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : The Zocalo was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : The Zocalo was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : The Zocalo was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : The Zocalo was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Zombies and the Top 10% for Most Dead.
  • : The Zocalo was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : The Zocalo was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : The Zocalo was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : The Zocalo was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Stationary.

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