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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: Squire

Location: Deutschland

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Zamonien

Population13.939 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 deadly medical pandemics, flagrant waste-dumping, and ritual sacrifices. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 13.939 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 are ignored. 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 724 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 51,945 Pyras, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 225,241 per year while the poor average 7,605, 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 7,927th in the world and 1st in Deutschland for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 6,280.35 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Top
1%
Largest Gambling Industry: 1,005thHighest Crime Rates: 1,531stTop
5%
Most Ignorant Citizens: 4,268thMost Avoided: 4,632ndMost Armed: 6,079thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7,433rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,576thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,927thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,343rdMost Rebellious Youth: 8,452ndTop
10%
Most Devout: 9,206thMost Pro-Market: 9,426thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 11,726thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,586thLargest Populations: 12,633rdMost Primitive: 15,185th
Top
5%
Most Armed: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionTop
10%
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Zamonien was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Rebellious Youth.
  • : Zamonien was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Zamonien was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Zamonien was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Zamonien was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Zamonien was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Zamonien was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Cheerful Citizens.
  • : Zamonien was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Cheerful Citizens.
  • : Zamonien was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Cheerful Citizens.
  • : Zamonien was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Cheerful Citizens.

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