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The Mafian Economic Extremist of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Money, Power, Respect!
Influence
Powerbroker
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Dark System

Population16.292 billion

CapitalThe Dark System Main Command Centre
LeaderMaster Economist

CurrencyDollar
AnimalMonster

The Mafian Economic Extremist of The Dark System is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Master Economist with an iron fist, and renowned for its smutty television, free-roaming dinosaurs, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 16.292 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 99.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Dark System economy, worth an astonishing 20,138 trillion Dollars 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 1,236,066 Dollars, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 11,571,747 per year while the poor average 11,194, a ratio of 1,033 to 1.

Children regularly take part in blood sports that result in extreme boo-boos, costumed characters wearing Maxtopian Grass leaves remind citizens that the government now sells the green stuff, the military invades any neighboring nation with the gall to criticize its policies, and films are funded in accordance with the volume of tears shed when reading the screenplay. 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.

The Dark System is ranked 24th in the world and 2nd in The Axis of Evil for Largest Black Market, with 27,784 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Retail Industry: 1stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1stMost Efficient Economies: 2ndHighest Average Incomes: 2ndMost Subsidized Industry: 4thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 20thMost Corrupt Governments: 21stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 23rdLargest Black Market: 24thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 25thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 26thFattest Citizens: 26thLargest Agricultural Sector: 28thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 29thLargest Insurance Industry: 31stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 31stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 31stMost Secular: 33rdLargest Governments: 37thLargest Mining Sector: 41stMost Avoided: 41stLargest Information Technology Sector: 60thRudest Citizens: 67thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 78thHighest Economic Output: 84thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 89thSmartest Citizens: 126thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 158thLargest Gambling Industry: 164thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 207thMost Armed: 222ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 427thLowest Crime Rates: 617thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 885thMost Advanced Public Education: 939thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,077thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,154thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,887thMost Pro-Market: 2,042ndTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,664thMost Stationary: 4,068thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,224thMost Influential: 9,599thTop
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Largest Populations: 13,099th
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, films are funded in accordance with the volume of tears shed when reading the screenplay.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the military invades any neighboring nation with the gall to criticize its policies.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, costumed characters wearing Maxtopian Grass leaves remind citizens that the government now sells the green stuff.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, children regularly take part in blood sports that result in extreme boo-boos.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the studies of art and philosophy are banned.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, university graduates and new home-owners toil in labour camps to work off their debts.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the nation's interest in space is at an all-time high while interest in saving the planet is at an all-time low.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the local custom of Biking With The Cars sends tourists home bemused or in body-bags.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, possession of tomato seeds with intent to garden is a criminal offence.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, teddy bear James Dean (aka "the Rebel Without the Claws") helps convince kids that candy cigarettes are cool.

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