by Max Barry

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The Empire of Zoom-1

“Never forget, I am the Fastest Man Alive.”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Unproven

Location: the Rejected Realms



Population5.549 billion


The Empire of Zoom-1 is a colossal, socially progressive nation, renowned for its zero percent divorce rate, compulsory military service, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-working, democratic population of 5.549 billion Zoom-1ians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The minute government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Defense, and Education. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.2%.

The strong Zoom-1ian economy, worth 377 trillion pesos a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Information Technology, and Trout Farming. Average income is 67,970 pesos, with the richest citizens earning 6.2 times as much as the poorest.

Divorce is illegal, the government is seen to favor traditionalist religions, excessive wheelchair ramps on government buildings have been compared to theme park attractions, and Zoom-1 has designated Zoom-1 City as its capital city. Crime is moderate, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Zoom-1's national animal is the crocodile.

Zoom-1 is ranked 109,112th in the world and 3,260th in the Rejected Realms for Most Developed, scoring 55.58 on the Human Development Index.

Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 7,838thTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 12,819thLargest Gambling Industry: 17,116thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 18,530thHighest Disposable Incomes: 20,494th
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 235th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 323rd in the regionTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 509th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 511th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 623rd in the region

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