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Highest Average Incomes: 1stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1stLargest Retail Industry: 1st
The Mafian Economic Extremist of
Corporate Police State
Money, Power, Respect!
Influence
Powerbroker
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Dark System

Population17.567 billion

CapitalThe Dark System Main Command Centre
LeaderMaster Economist

CurrencyDollar
AnimalMonster

The Mafian Economic Extremist of The Dark System is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Master Economist with an iron fist, and remarkable for its infamous sell-swords, smutty television, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 17.567 billion Mafians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

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 99.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Dark System economy, worth an astonishing 22,824 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 1,299,309 Dollars, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 12,166,106 per year while the poor average 11,737, a ratio of 1,036 to 1.

The question of 'what is Master Economist's favorite color?' has been given a priority rating of burnt-orange, everybody's got wood thanks to Master Economist, all telephone traffic is monitored for 'national security reasons', and Calvinball players are lost for days as they wander the vast halls of their new academies. Crime 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 74th in the world and 1st in The Axis of Evil for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 1,001.82 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

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Largest Populations: 12,696thMost Pro-Market: 20,225thMost Rebellious Youth: 21,381st
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Most Armed: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, Calvinball players are lost for days as they wander the vast halls of their new academies.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, all telephone traffic is monitored for 'national security reasons'.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, everybody's got wood thanks to Master Economist.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the question of 'what is Master Economist's favorite color?' has been given a priority rating of burnt-orange.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, children who display even minimal sporting aptitude are immediately assigned a personal trainer.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, it's normal to start working life with crippling financial debt.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, on graduation day the hats thrown in the air fly high enough to stun passing pigeons.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, a milk bath costs more than bathing in money.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, soylent products are an expensive commodity due to a lack of volunteers.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the standard police uniform now comes with several colours of belt.

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