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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
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Dark System

Population15.783 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 barren, inhospitable landscape, pith helmet sales, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 15.783 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 99.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Dark System economy, worth an astonishing 19,155 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 1,213,648 Dollars, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 11,360,189 per year while the poor average 11,012, a ratio of 1,031 to 1.

The only Maxxmas gift frontline troops receive from officers is a bullet with the enemy's name on it, sneezing pedestrians are grabbed by alley-lurking doctors, a citizen who thinks a slave is a deadbeat is entitled to make the descriptor literally true, and the constant playing of Merry Birthday on Dark System radio has led to calls for the song to be classified as a crime against humanity. 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 22,533rd in the world and 2nd in The Axis of Evil for Highest Drug Use, scoring 108 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1stLargest Retail Industry: 1stHighest Average Incomes: 2ndMost Efficient Economies: 2ndMost Subsidized Industry: 3rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 18thMost Corrupt Governments: 21stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 23rdLargest Black Market: 25thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 25thFattest Citizens: 27thLargest Agricultural Sector: 27thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 29thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 31stLargest Insurance Industry: 31stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 33rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 36thMost Secular: 39thMost Avoided: 41stLargest Mining Sector: 42ndLargest Governments: 45thLargest Information Technology Sector: 63rdRudest Citizens: 65thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 75thHighest Economic Output: 88thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 99thSmartest Citizens: 141stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 161stMost Armed: 181stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 193rdLargest Gambling Industry: 196thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 514thLowest Crime Rates: 594thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 863rdMost Advanced Public Education: 920thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,187thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,203rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,835thMost Pro-Market: 1,869thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,738thMost Stationary: 4,135thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,144thMost Influential: 9,795thTop
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Largest Populations: 13,253rdHighest Drug Use: 22,533rd
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Drug Use: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the constant playing of Merry Birthday on Dark System radio has led to calls for the song to be classified as a crime against humanity.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, a citizen who thinks a slave is a deadbeat is entitled to make the descriptor literally true.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, sneezing pedestrians are grabbed by alley-lurking doctors.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the only Maxxmas gift frontline troops receive from officers is a bullet with the enemy's name on it.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, titles of nobility are packaged with Dark System citizenship in invite-only auctions.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, pareidolic SETI scientists swear there's a message from aliens hidden within pi.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, Dark System watches are often the only thing to survive a disaster intact.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, it's customary to greet the monarch with fist bumps.
  • : The Dark System was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Drug Use.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the government spends billions to protect The Dark System from a disaster that is one in a million.

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