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Most Armed: 18thRudest Citizens: 21stHighest Crime Rates: 24th
The Impending Doom of
Capitalizt
The car won't start!
Lone Survivor
Influence
Duckspeaker
Pure Evil
Civil Rights
Frightening
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Zombie Penguins

Population10.822 billion

CapitalOld Abandoned Zoo
LeaderLone Survivor
FaithAaaahhhh

CurrencyBrains
AnimalFish

The Impending Doom of Zombie Penguins is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Lone Survivor with an even hand, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, smutty television, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 10.822 billion Zombies enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

The tiny, corrupt, liberal, pro-business government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Industry also on the agenda, while Law & Order and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Old Abandoned Zoo. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Zombie Penguinsian economy, worth a remarkable 4,191 trillion Brains a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Retail, and Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 387,310 Brains, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,622,578 per year while the poor average 21,067, a ratio of 124 to 1.

Couples are discouraged from marrying until they can rank their partner on a scale of one to ten, schools offer a range of lessons in subjects as diverse as The Economics of Bullying for Lunch Money, citizens simply have to point a weapon at a government official to get what they want, and Old Abandoned Zoo's main city thoroughfare has been blocked by a row of leyland cypresses that mysteriously appeared overnight. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Zombie Penguins's national animal is the Fish, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Aaaahhhh.

Zombie Penguins is ranked 5,701st in the world and 5th in The Bar on the corner of every region for Largest Information Technology Sector, scoring 37,552.6 on the Fann-Boi Productivity Index.

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Most Armed: 18thRudest Citizens: 21stHighest Crime Rates: 24thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 48thLargest Gambling Industry: 52ndMost Avoided: 71stFattest Citizens: 91stMost Rebellious Youth: 197thLargest Retail Industry: 206thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 248thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 277thHighest Disposable Incomes: 287thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 446thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 452ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 468thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 527thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 580thMost Corrupt Governments: 639thMost Efficient Economies: 807thHighest Average Incomes: 917thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,040thHighest Drug Use: 1,672ndLargest Mining Sector: 1,674thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,750thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,753rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,197thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,268thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,622ndHighest Economic Output: 2,906thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3,306thMost Secular: 3,340thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,701stLargest Governments: 5,991stMost Subsidized Industry: 8,743rdMost Inclusive: 8,958thMost Stationary: 9,097thTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13,251stMost Influential: 13,297thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 13,495thMost Pro-Market: 13,745thMost Cultured: 14,945thLargest Black Market: 15,358thLargest Agricultural Sector: 15,982ndMost Patriotic: 16,802nd
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Most Secular: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Zombie Penguins updated the World Factbook entry in The Bar on the corner of every region.
  • : Zombie Penguins lodged a message on the The Bar on the corner of every region Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Zombie Penguins, Old Abandoned Zoo's main city thoroughfare has been blocked by a row of leyland cypresses that mysteriously appeared overnight.
  • : Following new legislation in Zombie Penguins, citizens simply have to point a weapon at a government official to get what they want.
  • : Following new legislation in Zombie Penguins, schools offer a range of lessons in subjects as diverse as The Economics of Bullying for Lunch Money.
  • : Following new legislation in Zombie Penguins, couples are discouraged from marrying until they can rank their partner on a scale of one to ten.
  • : Following new legislation in Zombie Penguins, ratings for schools' curricula range from 'Pure as the Driven Snow' to 'Late Night TV'.
  • : Following new legislation in Zombie Penguins, dynamite sales and concert audiences are booming.
  • : Following new legislation in Zombie Penguins, the industries of Zombie Penguins are coughing all the way to the bank.
  • : Zombie Penguins updated the World Factbook entry in The Bar on the corner of every region.

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