by Max Barry

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Most Armed: 36thRudest Citizens: 40thHighest Crime Rates: 46th
The Impending Doom of
Capitalizt Self-Congratulatory Merchant Bankers
The car won't start!
Lone Survivor
Pure Evil
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Zombie Penguins

Population9.231 billion

CapitalOld Abandoned Zoo
LeaderLone Survivor


The Impending Doom of Zombie Penguins is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Lone Survivor with an even hand, and notable for its rum-swilling pirates, keen interest in outer space, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 9.231 billion Zombies enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

The tiny, corrupt, liberal, pro-business government is dominated by the Department of Defense, although Industry is also considered important, while Law & Order and Environment aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Old Abandoned Zoo. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Zombie Penguinsian economy, worth a remarkable 3,168 trillion Brains a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Retail, and Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 343,270 Brains, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,065,177 per year while the poor average 25,731, a ratio of 80.3 to 1.

Late night talk show hosts are having a field day over Lone Survivor's questionably sane new coalition partners, one year's corporation tax from three international megacorporations has funded one dozen shiny black pencils for Lone Survivor's office, a sledgehammer and a spray can are seen as the default tools of political debate, and the nation's nuclear defence policy is to "turn the other cheek". Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Zombie Penguins's national animal is the Fish, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Aaaahhhh.

Zombie Penguins is ranked 7,873rd in the world and 5th in The Bar on the corner of every region for Largest Governments, scoring 35.09 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

Most Armed: 36thRudest Citizens: 40thHighest Crime Rates: 46thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 82ndLargest Gambling Industry: 88thFattest Citizens: 120thMost Avoided: 211thMost Rebellious Youth: 331stLargest Retail Industry: 375thHighest Disposable Incomes: 423rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 469thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 471stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 565thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 592ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 653rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 795thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 812thMost Corrupt Governments: 977thHighest Average Incomes: 1,287thMost Efficient Economies: 1,300thHighest Drug Use: 1,804thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,897thLargest Mining Sector: 2,072ndTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,472ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,749thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,780thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,124thHighest Economic Output: 3,976thMost Secular: 4,852ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,549thMost Ignorant Citizens: 7,348thLargest Governments: 7,873rdMost Cultured: 9,449thNudest: 9,461stMost Stationary: 9,894thLargest Insurance Industry: 10,103rdMost Inclusive: 11,134thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 12,078thMost Influential: 14,328thLargest Black Market: 15,057thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 16,033rdMost Pro-Market: 16,752ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 17,223rd
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 5th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 6th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 7th in the region

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