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The Sexy Spacefaring Shogunate of The Zocalo

“The Babylon Project was a Dream given Form.”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Average

Regional Influence: Powerbroker

Location: Babylon 5

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The Zocalo

Population38.488 billion

CapitalBlue Sector
LeaderPresident Sheridan
FaithFoundationism

Currencycredit
AnimalPakmara

The Sexy Spacefaring Shogunate of The Zocalo is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by President Sheridan with an even hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, barren, inhospitable landscape, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 38.488 billion Babylonians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Blue Sector. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Zocaloan economy, worth an astonishing 28,717 trillion credits a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Automobile Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. Average income is a breathtaking 746,135 credits, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,608,417 per year while the poor average 89,503, a ratio of 40.3 to 1.

There's never enough space in space, owners of man-portable particle accelerator backpacks are advised not to cross the streams, cooking with water and baking soda is considered patent infringement, and children must make a homemade spinach and ricotta rotolo by high school or be held back. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, probably because of the absence of a police force. The Zocalo's national animal is the Pakmara, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Foundationism.

The Zocalo is ranked 139th in the world and 2nd in Babylon 5 for Highest Crime Rates, with 140.7 Crimes Per Hour.

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1%
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 17thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 26thHighest Disposable Incomes: 26thHighest Economic Output: 29thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 29thLargest Populations: 30thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 42ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 43rdMost Armed: 45thHighest Average Incomes: 51stLargest Agricultural Sector: 59thLargest Gambling Industry: 70thMost Avoided: 72ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 76thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 84thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 86thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 90thMost Efficient Economies: 97thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 104thLargest Mining Sector: 106thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 108thLargest Insurance Industry: 118thMost Scientifically Advanced: 122ndHighest Crime Rates: 139thFattest Citizens: 156thMost Cultured: 210thLargest Publishing Industry: 221stSmartest Citizens: 245thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 289thRudest Citizens: 349thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 513thLargest Retail Industry: 697thLargest Information Technology Sector: 743rdMost Secular: 830thMost Corrupt Governments: 905thMost Rebellious Youth: 981stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,057thTop
5%
Largest Governments: 4,704thLargest Black Market: 5,118thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,000thMost Stationary: 9,116thTop
10%
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 11,086thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,881stMost Pro-Market: 17,441stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 17,831st
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10%
Most Developed: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Zocalo was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : The Zocalo was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : The Zocalo was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : The Zocalo was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : The Zocalo lodged a message on the Babylon 5 Regional Message Board.
  • : The Zocalo lodged a message on the Babylon 5 Regional Message Board.
  • : The Zocalo was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Civil Rights.
  • : The Zocalo lodged a message on the Babylon 5 Regional Message Board.
  • : The Zocalo lodged a message on the Babylon 5 Regional Message Board.
  • : The Zocalo was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.

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