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The Floob-Boober-Bab-Boober-Bubs of On Beyond Zebra

“My alphabet starts where your alphabet ends!”

Category: Anarchy
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Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: The Cuckoos Egg


On Beyond Zebra

Population20.478 billion

LeaderDoktor Seuss


The Floob-Boober-Bab-Boober-Bubs of On Beyond Zebra is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Doktor Seuss with a fair hand, and renowned for its daily referendums, complete lack of prisons, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 20.478 billion On Beyond Zebrans live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is dominated by the Department of Industry, although Education is also considered important, while Environment and Law & Order are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Seussopolis. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.7%.

The frighteningly efficient On Beyond Zebran economy, worth a remarkable 2,999 trillion zatzes a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Soda Sales industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Woodchip Exports, and Gambling. Average income is an impressive 146,463 zatzes, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 555,152 per year while the poor average 26,839, a ratio of 20.7 to 1.

Surveillance cameras are banned, Coco the Clown has been elected to the nation's parliament, airship use has soared while property values beneath their routes have plummeted, and the controversial show 'Who Wants to be an Immigrant?' has become wildly popular. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. On Beyond Zebra's national animal is the yuzz-a-ma-tuzz, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Quandaryism.

On Beyond Zebra is ranked 13,980th in the world and 2nd in The Cuckoos Egg for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 5,984.91 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Highest Drug Use: 5thMost Politically Free: 6thHighest Crime Rates: 671stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 727thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,183rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,241stMost Armed: 1,257thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1,295thFattest Citizens: 1,333rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,513thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,523rdMost Rebellious Youth: 1,591stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,702ndMost Extreme: 1,770thMost Avoided: 2,059thTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 3,265thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,416thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,571stMost Stationary: 3,635thRudest Citizens: 3,887thHighest Economic Output: 4,142ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,355thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,118thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,873rdLargest Populations: 5,899thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,138thNudest: 7,166thMost Efficient Economies: 8,424thLargest Retail Industry: 8,595thLargest Mining Sector: 8,596thTop
Most Cultured: 11,153rdMost Pro-Market: 11,967thMost Influential: 12,700thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13,980thHighest Average Incomes: 14,290thMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,888thLargest Black Market: 18,652ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 19,016thSmartest Citizens: 19,974th
Rudest Citizens: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : On Beyond Zebra lodged a message on the The Cuckoos Egg Regional Message Board.
  • : On Beyond Zebra's influence in The Cuckoos Egg fell from "Powerbroker" to "Eminence Grise".
  • : On Beyond Zebra's influence in The Cuckoos Egg rose from "Eminence Grise" to "Powerbroker".
  • : On Beyond Zebra was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Pro-Market and the Top 10% for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • : On Beyond Zebra was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : On Beyond Zebra was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Avoided and the Top 5% for Most Cultured.
  • : On Beyond Zebra was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : On Beyond Zebra was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector.
  • : On Beyond Zebra was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Pro-Market.
  • : On Beyond Zebra was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Extensive Civil Rights.


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