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Largest Retail Industry: 67th Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 122nd Fattest Citizens: 137th
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
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Zerentopia

Population7.56 billion

CapitalCentral City
LeaderKing CEO President Johan Liebert
FaithMoney

CurrencyUranium
AnimalBaphomet

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 zero percent divorce rate, pith helmet sales, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 7.56 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, Law & Order, and Industry. 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 3,134 trillion Uraniums 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 Gambling. Average income is an amazing 414,655 Uraniums, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,085,747 per year while the poor average 46,072, a ratio of 45.3 to 1.

The backs of 'No Trespassing' signs were made for you and me, the might of the entire Zerentopian Navy is focused on fifty bemused spear-throwing islanders, getting caught with the wrong recipe book can get you locked up for 100 - 500 megaseconds, and nudity is frowned upon. 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 Baphomet, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Money.

Zerentopia is ranked 156,796th in the world and 55th in The Allied States for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 16.14 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

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Largest Retail Industry: 67thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 122ndFattest Citizens: 137thMost Avoided: 147thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 159thHighest Disposable Incomes: 196thMost Corrupt Governments: 203rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 206thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 215thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 221stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 222ndLargest Mining Sector: 266thLargest Insurance Industry: 317thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 317thLargest Gambling Industry: 338thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 458thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 466thHighest Average Incomes: 492ndRudest Citizens: 1,302ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,516thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,540thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,588thMost Devout: 1,637thTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 2,303rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,037thHighest Economic Output: 3,213thMost Influential: 4,071stMost Efficient Economies: 5,777thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,039thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,170thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,509thLargest Governments: 8,233rdMost Subsidized Industry: 8,388thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,456thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9,339thLowest Crime Rates: 9,584thLargest Black Market: 10,689thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,878thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11,193rdMost Conservative: 12,315thMost Pro-Market: 15,848th
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Largest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, nudity is frowned upon.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, getting caught with the wrong recipe book can get you locked up for 100 - 500 megaseconds.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, the might of the entire Zerentopian Navy is focused on fifty bemused spear-throwing islanders.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, the backs of 'No Trespassing' signs were made for you and me.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, the government has completely eliminated all childcare programs.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, the government is lending a hand to private industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, one year's corporation tax from three international megacorporations has funded one dozen shiny black pencils for King CEO President Johan Liebert's office.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, the government terminates employment with extreme prejudice.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, teenage male videogamers often suffer repetitive strain wrist injuries.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, the government is encouraging violence on television.

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