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Most Armed: 109th Highest Crime Rates: 126th Rudest Citizens: 178th
The Impending Doom of
Capitalist Paradise
The car won't start!
Lone Survivor
Influence
Envoy
Pure Evil
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Zombie Penguins

Population6.264 billion

CapitalOld Abandoned Zoo
LeaderLone Survivor
FaithAaaahhhh

CurrencyBrains
AnimalFish

The Impending Doom of Zombie Penguins is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Lone Survivor with an even hand, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and digital currency. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 6.264 billion Zombies are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The tiny, corrupt government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Industry is also considered important, while Law & Order and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Old Abandoned Zoo. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 2.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Zombie Penguinsian economy, worth a remarkable 1,529 trillion Brains a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Information Technology, and Retail. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an amazing 244,247 Brains, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 968,783 per year while the poor average 41,585, a ratio of 23.3 to 1.

Parents often ask to see a credit report before lending money to their own children, town welcome signs list corporate sponsors, bereaved families are assigned a new housemate the day after the funeral, and nuclear physics is the most popular course at university. 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 111,743rd in the world and 50th in The Bar on the corner of every region for Most Extreme, scoring 14.25 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

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1%
Most Armed: 109thHighest Crime Rates: 126thRudest Citizens: 178thLargest Gambling Industry: 197thFattest Citizens: 344thMost Avoided: 633rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 688thMost Rebellious Youth: 710thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 728thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,131stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,159thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,168thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,204thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,452ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,589thLargest Retail Industry: 1,598thTop
5%
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,014thMost Secular: 2,528thLargest Mining Sector: 2,836thHighest Average Incomes: 3,055thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,099thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,123rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,192ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,768thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,928thMost Cultured: 6,085thLargest Black Market: 6,165thMost Efficient Economies: 6,429thHighest Economic Output: 8,386thTop
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Most Inclusive: 12,550thMost Stationary: 12,559thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12,970thNudest: 13,305thMost Influential: 15,409th
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionTop
10%
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 6th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the regionNudest: 7th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Zombie Penguins, nuclear physics is the most popular course at university.
  • : Zombie Penguins lodged a message on the The Bar on the corner of every region Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Zombie Penguins, bereaved families are assigned a new housemate the day after the funeral.
  • : Following new legislation in Zombie Penguins, town welcome signs list corporate sponsors.
  • : Following new legislation in Zombie Penguins, parents often ask to see a credit report before lending money to their own children.
  • : Following new legislation in Zombie Penguins, agricultural science is the most competitive subject at universities.
  • : Zombie Penguins lodged a message on the The Bar on the corner of every region Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Zombie Penguins, the number of children one can have is restricted by law.
  • : Following new legislation in Zombie Penguins, kids' party bags often contain candy and e-cigarettes.
  • : Following new legislation in Zombie Penguins, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates.

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