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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 17th Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 17th Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 25th
The Sexy Spacefaring Shogunate of
Capitalist Paradise
The Babylon Project was a Dream given Form.
Regional Influence
Eminence Grise
Zocalo Bartender
Region
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Below Average

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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 remarkable for its pith helmet sales, sprawling nuclear power plants, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 31.284 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 23,000 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 735,229 credits, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,378,651 per year while the poor average 56,493, a ratio of 77.5 to 1.

The automobile industry is sitting up and taking notice of the new 24 hour race events... as are the track's sleepless neighbours, the ongoing space elevator construction project has elevated the national debt to all new levels, funerals are often rudely interrupted by juggling clowns shouting for volunteers from the audience, and protestors are soaking piles of credits in blood to make a point about government incomes. 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 51st in the world and 1st in Babylon 5 for Most Avoided, scoring 4,549.58 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 17thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 17thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 25thHighest Economic Output: 25thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 27thLargest Populations: 27thMost Scientifically Advanced: 28thMost Armed: 30thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 31stHighest Average Incomes: 35thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 47thMost Avoided: 51stLargest Gambling Industry: 52ndRudest Citizens: 53rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 58thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 72ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 85thFattest Citizens: 89thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 93rdHighest Crime Rates: 97thSmartest Citizens: 101stLargest Mining Sector: 101stMost Cultured: 104thLargest Retail Industry: 119thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 126thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 127thLargest Insurance Industry: 128thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 143rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 160thLargest Information Technology Sector: 193rdLargest Publishing Industry: 203rdMost Corrupt Governments: 551stMost Secular: 748thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,006thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,200thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 2,255thLargest Black Market: 2,308thLargest Governments: 4,311thMost Pro-Market: 6,679thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,850thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,952ndTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 11,021st
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Most Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Zocalo, protestors are soaking piles of credits in blood to make a point about government incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in The Zocalo, funerals are often rudely interrupted by juggling clowns shouting for volunteers from the audience.
  • : The Zocalo lodged a message on the Babylon 5 Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in The Zocalo, the ongoing space elevator construction project has elevated the national debt to all new levels.
  • : Following new legislation in The Zocalo, the automobile industry is sitting up and taking notice of the new 24 hour race events... as are the track's sleepless neighbours.
  • : Following new legislation in The Zocalo, the masses are surrendering their civil liberties without complaint for the sake of shopping convenience.
  • : The Zocalo agreed to construct embassies between Babylon 5 and Sid Meiers Alpha Centauri.
  • : Following new legislation in The Zocalo, homeless people can be found sleeping on streets in front of unoccupied second homes.
  • : Following new legislation in The Zocalo, retail staff are trained to take both inside leg measurements and the lives of their enemies.
  • : The Zocalo was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.

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