“We can kill it, even if it doesn't bleed.”
|Category: Corporate Police State|
Regional Influence: Shoeshiner
Location: the South Pacific
The Armed Republic of Zaelith is a huge, orderly nation, renowned for its deadly medical pandemics, free-roaming dinosaurs, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 551 million Zaelithians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.
The tiny, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Industry and Administration also on the agenda, while Welfare and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zael. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.1%.
The frighteningly efficient Zaelithian economy, worth 87.6 trillion Zils a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Gambling. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 158,930 Zils, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 729,918 per year while the poor average 20,997, a ratio of 34.8 to 1.
Schoolboys who turn to watch pretty girls go by are given detention, penniless buskers are singing for their supper, the nation's new foreign policy of 'very disproportionate retribution' has its neighbors on edge, and centuries-old marble buildings are being torn down and replaced with corrugated steel wind tunnels. Crime is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Zaelith's national animal is the Unmanned Drone, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.
Most Recent Government Activity:
- : Following new legislation in Zaelith, centuries-old marble buildings are being torn down and replaced with corrugated steel wind tunnels.
- : Following new legislation in Zaelith, the nation's new foreign policy of 'very disproportionate retribution' has its neighbors on edge.
- : Following new legislation in Zaelith, penniless buskers are singing for their supper.
- : Following new legislation in Zaelith, schoolboys who turn to watch pretty girls go by are given detention.
- : Zaelith was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces and Largest Information Technology Sector.
- : Following new legislation in Zaelith, dozens of viewers go online to hear whether a comma has been added to Clause 5 in Subsection B of Law 58375.
- : Following new legislation in Zaelith, new pilots are regularly reminded that they are more expendable than their planes.
- : Zaelith was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Fattest Citizens.
- : Following new legislation in Zaelith, schoolyard sandboxes resemble ashtrays due to the large number of cigarette butts.
- : Following new legislation in Zaelith, the hills are alive with the sound of ringtones.
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