by Max Barry

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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 15th Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 18th Highest Economic Output: 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
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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The Sexy Spacefaring Shogunate of The Zocalo is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by President Sheridan with an even hand, and notable for its compulsory military service, irreverence towards religion, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 31.806 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 23,398 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 735,672 credits, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,610,011 per year while the poor average 85,808, a ratio of 42.1 to 1.

The population's jaw muscles put sharks to shame, exorbitant spending on icebreakers breaks the ice at every budget meeting, libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars, and the government is lending a hand to private industry. 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 115,491st in the world and 20th in Babylon 5 for Most Authoritarian, with 0.05 Stalins.

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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 15thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 18thHighest Economic Output: 25thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 26thLargest Populations: 29thMost Armed: 31stHighest Average Incomes: 32ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 32ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 33rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 47thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 51stMost Avoided: 54thLargest Gambling Industry: 60thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 61stRudest Citizens: 61stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 75thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 84thFattest Citizens: 97thHighest Crime Rates: 98thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 99thSmartest Citizens: 99thLargest Mining Sector: 101stMost Cultured: 102ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 124thLargest Insurance Industry: 125thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 129thLargest Retail Industry: 134thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 136thLargest Agricultural Sector: 172ndLargest Publishing Industry: 205thLargest Information Technology Sector: 233rdMost Corrupt Governments: 569thMost Secular: 888thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,015thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,119thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 2,194thLargest Black Market: 2,290thLargest Governments: 4,100thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,581stTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,117thMost Pro-Market: 9,411thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,996thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,957th
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Zocalo's influence in Babylon 5 fell from "Powerbroker" to "Eminence Grise".
  • : Following new legislation in The Zocalo, the government is lending a hand to private industry.
  • : Following new legislation in The Zocalo, libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars.
  • : The Zocalo lodged a message on the Babylon 5 Regional Message Board.
  • : The Zocalo lodged a message on the Babylon 5 Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in The Zocalo, exorbitant spending on icebreakers breaks the ice at every budget meeting.
  • : Following new legislation in The Zocalo, the population's jaw muscles put sharks to shame.
  • : Following new legislation in The Zocalo, bruised children are made to thank their bullies for the valuable life lessons.
  • : Following new legislation in The Zocalo, photographers can be found hiding behind the curtains in President Sheridan's bedroom.
  • : Following new legislation in The Zocalo, the "war on terror" doesn't seem to be making Babylonians any less frightened.

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