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The Unknown Location of Zero Gravity Zone

“Too much imagination is a path to corruption.....” Lord Vortex

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Dominator

Location: End 500

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Zero Gravity Zone

Population16.339 billion

CapitalPiersontech Industries
LeaderLord Vortex
FaithPulse Emissionism

CurrencyPiersontech Credit
AnimalGray Fox

The Unknown Location of Zero Gravity Zone is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Lord Vortex with an iron fist, and notable for its ritual sacrifices, avowedly heterosexual populace, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 16.339 billion Cybernetic Humanoids are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Piersontech Industries. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 71.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Cybernetic economy, worth a remarkable 5,924 trillion Piersontech Credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Gambling. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 362,599 Piersontech Credits, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,272,268 per year while the poor average 74,965, a ratio of 17.0 to 1.

Judicial robes are the country's hottest fashion trend, the standardised national curriculum requires that all-male classes be taught why they have periods, mathematicians are gathering an infinite number of Gray Foxes and typewriters to see if they can recreate the works of Max Barry, and government fact-checkers use surprising amounts of high explosive. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Zero Gravity Zone's national animal is the Gray Fox, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Pulse Emissionism.

Zero Gravity Zone is ranked 22,015th in the world and 1st in End 500 for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 6,763.42 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

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Largest Black Market: 357thLargest Gambling Industry: 375thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 408thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 459thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 505thMost Corrupt Governments: 511thFattest Citizens: 586thLargest Mining Sector: 635thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 872ndMost Avoided: 886thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 902ndHighest Average Incomes: 1,118thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,239thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,245thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,321stHighest Economic Output: 1,486thMost Efficient Economies: 1,489thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,951stMost Devout: 2,021stTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,445thMost Armed: 2,624thLargest Retail Industry: 2,697thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,534thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,886thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,733rdLargest Governments: 5,746thRudest Citizens: 6,076thMost Stationary: 6,906thNudest: 7,652ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,059thMost Influential: 10,468thLowest Crime Rates: 11,155thTop
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Largest Populations: 13,029thMost Rebellious Youth: 13,846thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 18,517thHighest Poor Incomes: 20,278thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 20,755thMost Advanced Public Education: 22,015th

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