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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd Largest Retail Industry: 2nd Highest Average Incomes: 5th
The Insurgent Economic Extremist of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Money, Power, Respect!
Influence
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

The Dark System

Population11.866 billion

CapitalThe Dark System Main Command Centre
LeaderMaster Economist
FaithThe Dark System

CurrencyDoller
AnimalMonster

The Insurgent Economic Extremist of The Dark System is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Master Economist with an iron fist, and notable for its frequent executions, smutty television, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 11.866 billion Dark Systems 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 relatively small, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Dark System Main Command Centre. The average income tax rate is 98.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Dark System economy, worth an astonishing 12,237 trillion Dollers a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Average income is a breathtaking 1,031,272 Dollers, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 7,499,141 per year while the poor average 44,466, a ratio of 168 to 1.

Birds and children's kites are regularly brought down by anti-aircraft fire, tabloids coo over Master Economist's expected child, everybody's got wood thanks to Master Economist, and the nation has declared war on all passing comets. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Dark System's national animal is the Monster, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Dark System.

The Dark System is ranked 14th in the world and 1st in The Axis of Evil for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 1,806.38 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2ndLargest Retail Industry: 2ndHighest Average Incomes: 5thMost Subsidized Industry: 5thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 20thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 23rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 27thLargest Insurance Industry: 36thMost Corrupt Governments: 39thMost Secular: 47thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 56thLargest Information Technology Sector: 59thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 60thMost Avoided: 61stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 63rdLargest Mining Sector: 64thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 72ndFattest Citizens: 75thLargest Black Market: 76thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 76thLargest Governments: 86thRudest Citizens: 95thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 106thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 126thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 143rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 144thHighest Economic Output: 195thSmartest Citizens: 263rdLowest Crime Rates: 341stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 538thLargest Gambling Industry: 541stMost Advanced Public Education: 1,094thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,400thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,959thMost Efficient Economies: 3,102ndLargest Publishing Industry: 3,362ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,511thMost Stationary: 4,872ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5,005thMost Pro-Market: 6,144thTop
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Most Influential: 10,207thLargest Populations: 15,112th
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Most Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the nation has declared war on all passing comets.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, everybody's got wood thanks to Master Economist.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, tabloids coo over Master Economist's expected child.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, birds and children's kites are regularly brought down by anti-aircraft fire.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, travelers often bring empty plastic bottles on Air The Dark System flights to avoid the pay lavatories.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, drill sergeants yell in the ears of bespectacled nerds in cybermilitary "reboot camps".
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, engineers ask liberal arts majors "Do you want fries with that?".
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the police use sound cannons and mortars to deal with loud parties.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, terrorist videos start by thanking their sponsors.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, those who investigate UFOs tend to wake up delirious on abandoned roads.

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