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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 24thLargest Retail Industry: 46thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 57th
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
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population15.534 billion

CapitalCentral City
LeaderKing CEO President Johan Liebert


The Plutocratic Banana Republic of Zerentopia is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by King CEO President Johan Liebert with an iron fist, and remarkable for its triple-decker prams, sprawling nuclear power plants, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 15.534 billion Zerentopias 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 tiny, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government 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 7,722 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 Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 497,117 Braxes, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,655,936 per year while the poor average 4,476, a ratio of 1,040 to 1.

Sneezing pedestrians are grabbed by alley-lurking doctors, a typical fast food menu item could serve a small army, the country's famous rainforests are being bulldozed by the mining industry, and all streets are privately owned toll roads. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. 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 308,116th in the world and 9,016th in The North Pacific for Most Primitive, scoring -679.61 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 24thLargest Retail Industry: 46thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 57thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 95thFattest Citizens: 95thHighest Disposable Incomes: 115thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 123rdMost Corrupt Governments: 129thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 134thMost Avoided: 150thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 160thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 171stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 188thMost Efficient Economies: 194thLargest Insurance Industry: 196thLargest Mining Sector: 211thLargest Gambling Industry: 248thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 278thMost Valuable International Artwork: 349thHighest Average Incomes: 424thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 438thRudest Citizens: 546thLargest Agricultural Sector: 692ndMost Influential: 720thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 901stMost Devout: 1,056thHighest Economic Output: 1,310thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,681stMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,975thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,645thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,843rdTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,141stLargest Governments: 3,308thMost Patriotic: 4,139thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,055thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,171stLowest Crime Rates: 6,672ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,870thTop
Largest Black Market: 19,864thLargest Populations: 21,886th
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7th in the regionMost Avoided: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 11th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 21st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 30th in the regionRudest Citizens: 34th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 36th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 38th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 39th in the regionMost Devout: 42nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 46th in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 93rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 105th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 108th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 114th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 115th in the regionLargest Governments: 167th in the regionMost Patriotic: 169th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 172nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 173rd in the regionMost Influential: 190th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 259th in the regionLargest Black Market: 320th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 347th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 365th in the regionLargest Populations: 370th in the region

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