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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1stLargest Retail Industry: 1stHighest Average Incomes: 2nd
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

Population16.725 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 notable for its rum-swilling pirates, free-roaming dinosaurs, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 16.725 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 99.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Dark System economy, worth an astonishing 21,014 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 1,256,450 Dollars, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 11,763,067 per year while the poor average 11,372, a ratio of 1,034 to 1.

Unused plastic recycling bins are being dumped into landfills by the tonne, trespassers entering Master Economist's office are immediately vaporized, people often get liposuction to reduce their air fares, and hospitals fear government fines more than terrorist ransoms. 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 25th in the world and 1st in The Axis of Evil for Fattest Citizens, with 99.21 Obesity Rate.

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1stLargest Retail Industry: 1stHighest Average Incomes: 2ndMost Efficient Economies: 2ndMost Subsidized Industry: 3rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13thMost Corrupt Governments: 19thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 20thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 20thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 21stLargest Black Market: 24thFattest Citizens: 25thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 25thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 27thLargest Insurance Industry: 28thLargest Agricultural Sector: 29thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 30thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 31stLargest Governments: 37thLargest Mining Sector: 38thMost Avoided: 39thMost Secular: 41stRudest Citizens: 53rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 59thHighest Economic Output: 71stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 73rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 82ndSmartest Citizens: 118thLargest Gambling Industry: 140thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 155thMost Armed: 194thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 205thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 373rdLowest Crime Rates: 653rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 894thMost Advanced Public Education: 906thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,044thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,120thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,575thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,755thTop
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Most Stationary: 4,032ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,024thMost Influential: 9,606thTop
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Largest Populations: 13,070thMost Pro-Market: 14,855thMost Cultured: 21,174thMost Rebellious Youth: 22,828th
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Most Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, hospitals fear government fines more than terrorist ransoms.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, people often get liposuction to reduce their air fares.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, trespassers entering Master Economist's office are immediately vaporized.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, unused plastic recycling bins are being dumped into landfills by the tonne.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the Police Surveillance Unit's motto is "Gotta Catch 'Em All".
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, citizens queue to get the reinstated bank notes and coins.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the government's suicide hotline now redirects callers to local tax lawyers.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, diners regard burgers made from mechanically reclaimed cow protein as "proper meat".
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, teen gangs are encouraged to take drugs.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, Master Economist has more friends than ever before.

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