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Largest Retail Industry: 54thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 90thFattest Citizens: 110th
The Plutocratic Banana Republic of
Corporate Police State
The time to buy is when there's blood in the streets
King CEO President Johan Liebert
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Zerentopia

Population9.179 billion

CapitalCentral City
LeaderKing CEO President Johan Liebert
FaithMoney

CurrencyBrax
AnimalPhoenix

The Plutocratic Banana Republic of Zerentopia is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by King CEO President Johan Liebert with an iron fist, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, infamous sell-swords, and complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 9.179 billion Zerentopians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The minute, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Central City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Zerentopian economy, worth a remarkable 4,134 trillion Braxes a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Information Technology, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 450,483 Braxes, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,965,439 per year while the poor average 7,470, a ratio of 530 to 1.

Hundreds of subterranean tunnels are being built as part of "Project Morlock", major corporations receive tax breaks for no apparent reason, euthanasia is illegal, and crocodile roadkill is smeared across the asphalt of the new Formula One track. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Zerentopia's national animal is the Phoenix, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Money.

Zerentopia is ranked 209,311th in the world and 5,334th in the Rejected Realms for Least Corrupt Governments, with 0.81 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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Largest Retail Industry: 54thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 90thFattest Citizens: 110thMost Avoided: 123rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 146thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 160thMost Corrupt Governments: 161stHighest Disposable Incomes: 165thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 211thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 215thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 225thLargest Mining Sector: 261stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 274thLargest Insurance Industry: 297thLargest Gambling Industry: 300thMost Efficient Economies: 340thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 351stHighest Average Incomes: 449thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 466thLargest Agricultural Sector: 649thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 661stMost Valuable International Artwork: 743rdRudest Citizens: 1,124thMost Devout: 1,170thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,314thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,353rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,793rdTop
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Highest Economic Output: 2,463rdMost Armed: 2,577thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,666thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,778thMost Influential: 3,190thMost Ignorant Citizens: 3,729thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,150thLargest Governments: 5,146thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,212thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,521stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,861stLowest Crime Rates: 7,197thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,724thTop
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Largest Black Market: 12,156thMost Conservative: 20,665th
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Largest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7th in the regionFattest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 9th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 10th in the regionMost Avoided: 10th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 11th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 12th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 15th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 15th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 15th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 16th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 16th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 22nd in the regionMost Influential: 26th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 28th in the regionMost Devout: 31st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 33rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 41st in the regionRudest Citizens: 44th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 68th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 73rd in the regionMost Armed: 75th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 90th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 135th in the regionLargest Governments: 139th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 140th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 181st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 205th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 226th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 254th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 262nd in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 446th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 448th in the regionLargest Populations: 486th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, crocodile roadkill is smeared across the asphalt of the new Formula One track.
  • : Zerentopia voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Ban on Forced Blood Sports".
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, euthanasia is illegal.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, major corporations receive tax breaks for no apparent reason.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, hundreds of subterranean tunnels are being built as part of "Project Morlock".
  • : Zerentopia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, chest pains are considered part of the dining experience in Zerentopian restaurants.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, employers may fire workers without giving any reason.
  • : Zerentopia was endorsed by The Watch how I Soar Nation of A Leaf on the Wind.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, the Central City Prison Revue puts on a better stage show than anything in the Theatre District.

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