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The 13½ Leben des Käpt'n Blaubär of Zamonien

“Wissen ist Nacht”

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Deutschland

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Zamonien

Population15.651 billion

CapitalDie Stadt der Träumenden Bücher
LeaderHildegunst von Mythenmetz
Faithdie Nachtschule

CurrencyPyras
AnimalLindwurm

The 13½ Leben des Käpt'n Blaubär of Zamonien is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Hildegunst von Mythenmetz with an iron fist, and notable for its museums and concert halls, barren, inhospitable landscape, and ritual sacrifices. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 15.651 billion Blaubären are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The tiny, corrupt, pro-business government is primarily concerned with Industry, although Education and Defense are also considered important, while Welfare and Environment aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Die Stadt der Träumenden Bücher. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 8.1%.

The frighteningly efficient zamonisch economy, worth 811 trillion Pyras a year, is quite specialized and led by the Gambling industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Furniture Restoration, and Retail. Average income is 51,848 Pyras, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 224,822 per year while the poor average 7,591, a ratio of 29.6 to 1.

Tourists are flocking to the newly-built MeteorLand family resort, nude art is becoming wildly popular, planespotters are emigrating in droves, and stores employing more than 100 employees are required to be at least twenty miles from any competitor. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Zamonien's national animal is the Lindwurm, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is die Nachtschule.

Zamonien is ranked 129,380th in the world and 27th in Deutschland for Most Average, scoring 33.85 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

Top
1%
Largest Gambling Industry: 1,064thHighest Crime Rates: 1,746thTop
5%
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,115thMost Avoided: 5,254thMost Ignorant Citizens: 6,195thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,856thMost Rebellious Youth: 8,534thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,831stLargest Publishing Industry: 9,619thTop
10%
Most Devout: 10,679thMost Armed: 11,222ndLargest Populations: 12,196thMost Pro-Market: 15,053rdMost Stationary: 15,386thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 17,388thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,948thMost Primitive: 20,438th
Top
5%
Most Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionTop
10%
Most Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Zamonien was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Armed and the Top 10% for Most Primitive.
  • : Zamonien was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Primitive.
  • : Zamonien was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Zamonien was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Zamonien was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Zamonien was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : Zamonien's influence in Deutschland rose from "Squire" to "Apprentice".
  • : Zamonien was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Armed and the Top 10% for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Zamonien was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Devout.
  • : Zamonien's influence in Deutschland fell from "Apprentice" to "Squire".

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