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Most Armed: 20thRudest Citizens: 23rdHighest Crime Rates: 27th
The Impending Doom of
Capitalizt
The car won't start!
Lone Survivor
Influence
Duckspeaker
Pure Evil
Civil Rights
Excessive
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Zombie Penguins

Population10.119 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 renowned for its complete lack of prisons, rampant corporate plagiarism, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 10.119 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 dominated by the Department of Defense, although Industry is also considered important, while Law & Order and Environment aren't funded at all. 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 3,728 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 368,456 Brains, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,416,640 per year while the poor average 21,997, a ratio of 109 to 1.

Sales of superhero insurance have skyrocketed after the government abandoned the police in favor of vigilantes, witnesses have to run a gauntlet of mob enforcers to testify at trials, schoolyard sandboxes resemble ashtrays due to the large number of cigarette butts, and celebrity foodies are biting a huge chunk out of the government budget. 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 16,019th in the world and 17th in The Bar on the corner of every region for Largest Black Market, with 37.3 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Armed: 20thRudest Citizens: 23rdHighest Crime Rates: 27thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 60thLargest Gambling Industry: 73rdFattest Citizens: 102ndMost Avoided: 165thMost Rebellious Youth: 237thLargest Retail Industry: 282ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 325thHighest Disposable Incomes: 332ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 349thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 453rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 514thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 524thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 584thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 673rdMost Corrupt Governments: 714thMost Efficient Economies: 1,036thHighest Average Incomes: 1,053rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,700thLargest Mining Sector: 1,749thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,889thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,142ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,235thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,322ndTop
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Highest Drug Use: 2,522ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 2,642ndHighest Economic Output: 3,299thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3,575thMost Secular: 3,661stLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,543rdLargest Governments: 6,609thMost Stationary: 9,499thMost Inclusive: 10,601stMost Subsidized Industry: 10,838thTop
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Most Influential: 13,693rdMost Cultured: 14,633rdMost Pro-Market: 15,850thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 16,016thLargest Black Market: 16,019thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 18,888thLargest Agricultural Sector: 20,310th
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Zombie Penguins, celebrity foodies are biting a huge chunk out of the government budget.
  • : Following new legislation in Zombie Penguins, schoolyard sandboxes resemble ashtrays due to the large number of cigarette butts.
  • : Following new legislation in Zombie Penguins, witnesses have to run a gauntlet of mob enforcers to testify at trials.
  • : Following new legislation in Zombie Penguins, sales of superhero insurance have skyrocketed after the government abandoned the police in favor of vigilantes.
  • : Zombie Penguins was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Zombie Penguins, fifty years of pension funds can disappear in half a second.
  • : Following new legislation in Zombie Penguins, the only place where one can see the Zombie Penguinsian cherry tree is in a museum.
  • : Following new legislation in Zombie Penguins, people often get liposuction to reduce their air fares.
  • : Following new legislation in Zombie Penguins, the government now pays the "Really Awesome Super Heroes" (RASH) to catch evildoers.
  • : Following new legislation in Zombie Penguins, defense lawyers often argue there's no proof murder victims weren't vampires.

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