by Max Barry

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 24thLargest Retail Industry: 31stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 62nd
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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Population11.202 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 notable for its otherworldly petting zoo, keen interest in outer space, and flagrant waste-dumping. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 11.202 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 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 5,334 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 476,181 Braxes, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,459,844 per year while the poor average 4,287, a ratio of 1,040 to 1.

Jaywalking is punishable by public flogging, policemen regularly conduct midnight raids on closed donut shops to 'collect evidence', warfare increasingly resembles a video game, and suicide victims often leave behind cash to cover the cost of their fines. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. 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 87,613th in the world and 2,246th in the Rejected Realms for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 2,887.72 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 24thLargest Retail Industry: 31stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 62ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 99thFattest Citizens: 101stMost Corrupt Governments: 118thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 127thHighest Disposable Incomes: 135thMost Avoided: 148thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 149thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 169thMost Efficient Economies: 202ndLargest Mining Sector: 208thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 216thLargest Gambling Industry: 239thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 239thLargest Insurance Industry: 244thRudest Citizens: 348thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 352ndHighest Average Incomes: 405thLargest Agricultural Sector: 531stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 899thMost Devout: 985thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,119thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,683rdHighest Economic Output: 1,885thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,286thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 2,698thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,709thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,836thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,071stMost Influential: 3,093rdMost Patriotic: 3,190thLargest Governments: 3,449thMost Armed: 3,662ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,981stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,592ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,008thLowest Crime Rates: 6,451stTop
Largest Black Market: 14,292ndMost Pro-Market: 17,504th
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionFattest Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 9th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 10th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 11th in the regionMost Avoided: 12th in the regionMost Influential: 12th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 13th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 13th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 14th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 14th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 14th in the regionRudest Citizens: 16th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 17th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 17th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 24th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 28th in the regionMost Devout: 29th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 61st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 66th in the regionTop
Most Patriotic: 85th in the regionLargest Governments: 98th in the regionMost Armed: 119th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 119th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 124th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 126th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 134th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 173rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 178th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 213th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 231st in the regionTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 356th in the regionMost Stationary: 647th in the region

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