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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 32ndLargest Retail Industry: 38thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 66th
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

Population9.828 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 renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, pith helmet sales, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 9.828 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 4,530 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, Arms Manufacturing, and Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 460,936 Braxes, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,316,890 per year while the poor average 4,152, a ratio of 1,039 to 1.

High-tech infantry rifles automatically reload when the soldier shoots outside the screen of their helmet HUD, it is technically inaccurate to call the dead 'worm food', new "Worker's Strike" laws set out who is allowed to strike a worker, and most pop videos prominently feature the Zerentopian flag. 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 211,175th in the world and 5,632nd in the Rejected Realms for Nudest, with 27.5 Cheeks Per Square Mile.

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 32ndLargest Retail Industry: 38thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 66thFattest Citizens: 108thMost Avoided: 110thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 128thMost Corrupt Governments: 128thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 140thHighest Disposable Incomes: 152ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 199thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 202ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 222ndLargest Mining Sector: 236thMost Efficient Economies: 273rdLargest Insurance Industry: 284thLargest Gambling Industry: 286thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 303rdHighest Average Incomes: 429thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 430thLargest Agricultural Sector: 564thMost Valuable International Artwork: 731stRudest Citizens: 929thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 975thMost Devout: 1,003rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,056thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,822ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,828thHighest Economic Output: 2,228thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,535thMost Armed: 2,656thMost Influential: 2,700thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,871stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,316thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,083rdLargest Governments: 4,196thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,407thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,333rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,540thLowest Crime Rates: 7,010thMost Ignorant Citizens: 10,402ndTop
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Largest Black Market: 13,207th
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Largest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7th in the regionMost Avoided: 7th in the regionMost Influential: 8th in the regionFattest Citizens: 8th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 8th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 10th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 11th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 13th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 14th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 14th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 16th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 16th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 19th in the regionMost Devout: 23rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 27th in the regionRudest Citizens: 28th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 28th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 31st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 61st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 63rd in the regionTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 71st in the regionMost Armed: 76th in the regionLargest Governments: 108th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 117th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 131st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 134th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 170th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 186th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 253rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 303rd in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 498th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 531st in the regionLargest Black Market: 597th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, most pop videos prominently feature the Zerentopian flag.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, new "Worker's Strike" laws set out who is allowed to strike a worker.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, it is technically inaccurate to call the dead 'worm food'.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, high-tech infantry rifles automatically reload when the soldier shoots outside the screen of their helmet HUD.
  • : Zerentopia endorsed The Blue Dreamer of Chimes.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, tourists flock to see the giant stone carvings of historical leaders at Mount Rushless.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, the backs of 'No Trespassing' signs were made for you and me.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, police officers catch up on their paperwork while handing their caseload to PIs.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, it is a silent spring in Zerentopia.
  • : Following new legislation in Zerentopia, the regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb.

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