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Largest Retail Industry: 1stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1stHighest Average Incomes: 2nd
The Mafian Economic Extremist of
Compulsory Consumerist State Aspirational Worker State
Money, Power, Respect!
Influence
Powerbroker
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Dark System

Population16.748 billion

CapitalThe Dark System Main Command Centre
LeaderMaster Economist

CurrencyDollar
AnimalMonster

The Mafian Economic Extremist of The Dark System is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Master Economist with an iron fist, and renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, aversion to nipples, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 16.748 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 21,037 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 1,256,104 Dollars, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 11,759,825 per year while the poor average 11,369, a ratio of 1,034 to 1.

Residents of newly dried out bays live in fear of leaky dikes, East Lebatuckese luxury goods are plundered by the working class of The Dark System, video evidence of cruel animal experiments tends to be of poor quality, and official maps have to be revised on a weekly basis. 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 70th in the world and 3rd in The Axis of Evil for Highest Economic Output, with 21,037 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Retail Industry: 1stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1stHighest Average Incomes: 2ndMost Efficient Economies: 2ndMost Subsidized Industry: 3rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13thMost Corrupt Governments: 19thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 20thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 21stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 22ndLargest Black Market: 24thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 25thFattest Citizens: 25thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 27thLargest Agricultural Sector: 28thLargest Insurance Industry: 29thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 30thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 30thLargest Governments: 37thLargest Mining Sector: 38thMost Avoided: 39thMost Secular: 42ndRudest Citizens: 57thLargest Information Technology Sector: 59thHighest Economic Output: 70thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 73rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 82ndSmartest Citizens: 118thLargest Gambling Industry: 136thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 156thMost Armed: 194thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 204thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 373rdLowest Crime Rates: 670thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 886thMost Advanced Public Education: 908thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,039thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,106thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,601stMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,763rdMost Pro-Market: 2,047thTop
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Most Stationary: 4,001stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,852ndMost Influential: 9,591stTop
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Largest Populations: 13,040thMost Cultured: 21,124thMost Rebellious Youth: 22,711th
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, official maps have to be revised on a weekly basis.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, video evidence of cruel animal experiments tends to be of poor quality.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, East Lebatuckese luxury goods are plundered by the working class of The Dark System.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, residents of newly dried out bays live in fear of leaky dikes.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, neighboring nations are tired of The Dark System's big fish stories.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the morbidly obese often sell stock options on their own corpses.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, customer satisfaction with online delivery services is at an all time high.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the stratosphere is full of "silent but deadly" attacks from Master Economist's rear echelons.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, confused-looking pigeons slide gently off frictionless window ledges.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the nation's new currency features full-length portraits of Master Economist in ermine and velvet garb.

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