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

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The Dark System

Population15.108 billion

CapitalThe Dark System Main Command Centre
LeaderMaster Economist

CurrencyDoller
AnimalMonster

The Mafia 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, keen interest in outer space, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 15.108 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 99.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Dark System economy, worth an astonishing 17,997 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 1,191,232 Dollers, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 11,149,312 per year while the poor average 10,822, a ratio of 1,030 to 1.

The military recognizes no difference between male and female soldiers, space has been brought down to earth with constellations of cancer cases across The Dark System, Dogman-branded weapons are all the rage in the militaristic comic-book community, and puppies given out free in marketing promotions are often tossed straight into the trash. 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 675th in the world and 3rd in The Axis of Evil for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 17,956.64 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Largest Retail Industry: 1stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1stMost Efficient Economies: 2ndHighest Average Incomes: 2ndMost Subsidized Industry: 3rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 10thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 11thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 18thMost Corrupt Governments: 22ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 23rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 27thLargest Black Market: 28thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 30thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 31stLargest Agricultural Sector: 31stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 31stFattest Citizens: 32ndLargest Insurance Industry: 33rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 40thLargest Mining Sector: 45thMost Avoided: 46thLargest Governments: 47thLargest Information Technology Sector: 62ndRudest Citizens: 66thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 78thHighest Economic Output: 95thMost Secular: 106thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 110thSmartest Citizens: 149thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 162ndMost Armed: 173rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 187thLargest Gambling Industry: 220thLowest Crime Rates: 529thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 675thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 738thMost Advanced Public Education: 905thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,206thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,244thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,817thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,107thMost Stationary: 4,213thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,831stMost Influential: 10,006thTop
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Most Pro-Market: 13,118thLargest Populations: 13,425thHighest Drug Use: 20,378th
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Most Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, puppies given out free in marketing promotions are often tossed straight into the trash.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, Dogman-branded weapons are all the rage in the militaristic comic-book community.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, space has been brought down to earth with constellations of cancer cases across The Dark System.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the military recognizes no difference between male and female soldiers.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, it's best to decline if Master Economist offers to buy a round of drinks.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the booming slave trade is now government-funded.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, senior citizens can usually be found doing heavy manual labour.
  • : The Dark System was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Drug Use.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, formerly fertile fields are being leached dry of nutrients by intensive farming.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the new cheese tax is colloquially known as "wheel welfare".

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