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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 18thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 26thHighest Disposable Incomes: 26th
The Sexy Spacefaring Shogunate of
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The Zocalo

Population38.748 billion

CapitalBlue Sector
LeaderPresident Sheridan
FaithFoundationism

Currencycredit
AnimalPakmara

The Sexy Spacefaring Shogunate of The Zocalo is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by President Sheridan with an even hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, flagrant waste-dumping, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 38.748 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 28,911 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 64th in the world and 2nd in Babylon 5 for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring 33,512.33 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 18thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 26thHighest Disposable Incomes: 26thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 28thHighest Economic Output: 29thLargest Populations: 31stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 40thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 41stMost Armed: 43rdHighest Average Incomes: 54thLargest Agricultural Sector: 64thLargest Gambling Industry: 73rdMost Avoided: 77thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 84thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 84thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 89thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 89thMost Efficient Economies: 101stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 106thLargest Mining Sector: 106thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 112thLargest Insurance Industry: 121stMost Scientifically Advanced: 128thHighest Crime Rates: 143rdFattest Citizens: 156thMost Cultured: 214thLargest Publishing Industry: 230thSmartest Citizens: 253rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 294thRudest Citizens: 360thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 551stLargest Retail Industry: 703rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 772ndMost Secular: 871stMost Corrupt Governments: 918thMost Rebellious Youth: 982ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,074thTop
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Largest Governments: 4,783rdLargest Black Market: 5,392ndMost Stationary: 8,963rdMost Subsidized Industry: 9,513thTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 11,566thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,575thMost Pro-Market: 20,028thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 20,625th
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Most Developed: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : 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.
  • : The Zocalo lodged a message on the Babylon 5 Regional Message Board.
  • : The Zocalo lodged a message on the Babylon 5 Regional Message Board.
  • : The Zocalo was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Civil Rights.
  • : The Zocalo lodged a message on the Babylon 5 Regional Message Board.
  • : The Zocalo lodged a message on the Babylon 5 Regional Message Board.
  • : The Zocalo was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.

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