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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

Population16.96 billion

CapitalThe Dark System Main Command Centre
LeaderMaster Economist

CurrencyDollar
AnimalMonster

The Mafian Economic Extremist of The Dark System is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Master Economist with an iron fist, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, aversion to nipples, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 16.96 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 21,397 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 1,261,654 Dollars, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 11,812,071 per year while the poor average 11,416, a ratio of 1,034 to 1.

Parents are always up to speed on the latest childcare techniques, boot polish is the favourite lip gloss of entry-level corporate workers, citizens spend millions on microtransactions to feed virtual orphans while actual orphans starve overseas, and surrealist houses shaped like mushrooms and volcanoes dominate the wealthiest neighborhoods. 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 152nd in the world and 2nd in The Axis of Evil for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 60,699.41 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

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Largest Retail Industry: 1stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1stHighest Average Incomes: 2ndMost Efficient Economies: 2ndMost Subsidized Industry: 3rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 8thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 18thMost Corrupt Governments: 19thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 21stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 22ndLargest Black Market: 23rdFattest Citizens: 25thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 25thLargest Agricultural Sector: 26thLargest Insurance Industry: 28thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 28thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 28thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 29thMost Secular: 34thLargest Mining Sector: 36thLargest Governments: 37thMost Avoided: 59thLargest Information Technology Sector: 60thRudest Citizens: 66thHighest Economic Output: 69thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 73rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 82ndMost Patriotic: 105thSmartest Citizens: 116thLargest Gambling Industry: 145thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 152ndMost Armed: 195thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 216thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 359thLowest Crime Rates: 671stMost Advanced Public Education: 882ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 893rdLargest Publishing Industry: 991stHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,112thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,649thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,794thMost Pro-Market: 1,877thTop
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Most Stationary: 3,952ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,714thMost Influential: 9,513thTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 11,951stLargest Populations: 12,966thMost Cultured: 18,220th
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Highest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Patriotic: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, surrealist houses shaped like mushrooms and volcanoes dominate the wealthiest neighborhoods.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, citizens spend millions on microtransactions to feed virtual orphans while actual orphans starve overseas.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, boot polish is the favourite lip gloss of entry-level corporate workers.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, parents are always up to speed on the latest childcare techniques.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, extraordinary rendition is nothing out of the ordinary.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, there's more vermin than ever on the metro.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, bins outnumber trees in city parks.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, a recent "genocide prevention" campaign includes murdering children based on their DNA.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the government is more interested in identifying problems than fixing them.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the police think a properly conducted criminal investigation is a real pain.

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