by Max Barry

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 29thMost Armed: 30thLargest Gambling Industry: 32nd
The Megalopolis Corporatocracy of
Compulsory Consumerist State Aspirational Worker State
To Take and Master
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population9.197 billion

CapitalTar Rock Arcology 01
LeaderPresident Jacob Sweetwater

CurrencyMato Point
AnimalRope Hawk

The Megalopolis Corporatocracy of Matofali is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by President Jacob Sweetwater with an iron fist, and notable for its rum-swilling pirates, barren, inhospitable landscape, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 9.197 billion Matofalians 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 minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tar Rock Arcology 01. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Matofalian economy, worth a remarkable 4,148 trillion Mato Points a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Arms Manufacturing, and Soda Sales. Average income is an amazing 451,092 Mato Points, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,221,753 per year while the poor average 4,101, a ratio of 1,029 to 1.

Marketing departments of corporate giants compete to sponsor little league teams, foragers descend on national cemeteries for 'all-you-can-dig-up' extravaganzas, nose plugs are the latest Matofalian fashion accessory, and orthopaedics patients often have a bounce in their step. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Matofali's national animal is the Rope Hawk, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Corporatism.

Matofali is ranked 42nd in the world and 5th in The North Pacific for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, with 118.59 Whatever.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 29thMost Armed: 30thLargest Gambling Industry: 32ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 33rdHighest Crime Rates: 35thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 42ndFattest Citizens: 55thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 71stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 71stLargest Retail Industry: 86thMost Avoided: 88thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 111thRudest Citizens: 136thHighest Disposable Incomes: 160thMost Ignorant Citizens: 206thMost Corrupt Governments: 210thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 238thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 271stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 397thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 414thMost Rebellious Youth: 434thLargest Insurance Industry: 474thHighest Average Incomes: 481stMost Efficient Economies: 603rdLargest Mining Sector: 664thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 881stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,033rdMost Devout: 1,113thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,313thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,624thMost Pro-Market: 1,777thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,336thTop
Highest Economic Output: 2,843rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,460thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,979thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 13,686thLargest Black Market: 15,588thMost Influential: 16,586thLargest Governments: 18,967thHighest Drug Use: 20,296thLargest Information Technology Sector: 22,865thLargest Publishing Industry: 22,977th
Highest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionRudest Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 12th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 16th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 16th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 16th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 32nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 38th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 38th in the regionMost Devout: 48th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 59th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 70th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 83rd in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 244th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 396th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 421st in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 609th in the regionLargest Black Market: 651st in the regionLargest Populations: 686th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 743rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, orthopaedics patients often have a bounce in their step.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, nose plugs are the latest Matofalian fashion accessory.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, foragers descend on national cemeteries for 'all-you-can-dig-up' extravaganzas.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, marketing departments of corporate giants compete to sponsor little league teams.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, 9 out of 10 consumers think that vitamins can cure cancer.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, protestors are soaking piles of Mato Points in blood to make a point about government incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, corporations have to consult a fifty-page "sanctions spreadsheet" to determine which countries they are allowed to do business with.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, the national sporting identity is represented by a talking burger and a singing smartphone.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, it's said that any enemy of democracy is a friend to President Jacob Sweetwater.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, jollity-related fatalities are on the increase.


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