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Largest Retail Industry: 1stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1stHighest Average Incomes: 2nd
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

Population16.347 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 notable for its frequent executions, keen interest in outer space, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 16.347 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 20,252 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 1,238,929 Dollars, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 11,598,744 per year while the poor average 11,217, a ratio of 1,034 to 1.

Formerly fertile fields are being leached dry of nutrients by intensive farming, pollution is on the rise along with government approvals of fracking projects, lottery winners spend most of their money on security, and fifty years of pension funds can disappear in half a second. 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 242,959th in the world and 24th in The Axis of Evil for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 1.99 Tourists Per Hour.

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Largest Retail Industry: 1stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1stHighest Average Incomes: 2ndMost Efficient Economies: 2ndMost Subsidized Industry: 4thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11thMost Corrupt Governments: 20thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 20thLargest Black Market: 23rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 24thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 24thFattest Citizens: 26thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 26thLargest Agricultural Sector: 28thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 29thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 31stLargest Insurance Industry: 31stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 32ndMost Secular: 35thLargest Mining Sector: 38thLargest Governments: 38thMost Avoided: 41stLargest Information Technology Sector: 60thRudest Citizens: 66thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 78thHighest Economic Output: 83rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 88thSmartest Citizens: 128thLargest Gambling Industry: 159thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 159thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 209thMost Armed: 218thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 419thLowest Crime Rates: 627thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 877thMost Advanced Public Education: 948thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,103rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,186thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,872ndMost Pro-Market: 2,213thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,747thMost Stationary: 4,053rdLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,209thMost Influential: 9,601stTop
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Largest Populations: 13,079th
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Fattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, fifty years of pension funds can disappear in half a second.
  • : The Dark System was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Pro-Market.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, lottery winners spend most of their money on security.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, pollution is on the rise along with government approvals of fracking projects.
  • : 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, for just a few extra Dollars Dark Systems can get new driving records with their new cars.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, human sacrifice to the metaphorical altar of Mammon ensures national prosperity.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, indigenous tribal elders can be recognised by their designer watches and expensive suits.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, celebrity foodies are biting a huge chunk out of the government budget.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, only the rich can afford the latest medical innovations.

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