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Largest Retail Industry: 2nd Highest Wealthy Incomes: 5th Most Subsidized Industry: 6th
The Insurgent Economic Extremist of
Corporate Police State
Money, Power, Respect!
Influence
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Dark System

Population11.421 billion

CapitalThe Dark System Main Command Centre
LeaderMaster Economist
FaithThe Dark System

CurrencyDoller
AnimalMonster

The Insurgent Economic Extremist of The Dark System is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Master Economist with an iron fist, and remarkable for its enslaved workforce, aversion to nipples, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 11.421 billion Dark Systems are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

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 98.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Dark System economy, worth an astonishing 11,554 trillion Dollers 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 1,011,703 Dollers, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,719,689 per year while the poor average 87,804, a ratio of 65.1 to 1.

Robotic spouses prove to be just as imperfect as flesh and blood ones, the government props up questionable pizza establishments in the name of health, the Treasury and Finance Ministry have been outsourced, and on graduation day the hats thrown in the air fly high enough to stun passing pigeons. 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, and its national religion is The Dark System.

The Dark System is ranked 15,414th in the world and 10th in The Axis of Evil for Largest Populations, with 11.4 billion Capita.

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Largest Retail Industry: 2ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5thMost Subsidized Industry: 6thHighest Average Incomes: 6thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 19thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 26thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 29thLargest Insurance Industry: 37thMost Corrupt Governments: 42ndMost Secular: 44thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 60thMost Avoided: 62ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 62ndLargest Mining Sector: 63rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 67thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 68thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 72ndLargest Black Market: 74thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 77thFattest Citizens: 79thRudest Citizens: 86thLargest Governments: 92ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 104thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 143rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 146thLargest Agricultural Sector: 148thHighest Economic Output: 226thSmartest Citizens: 282ndLowest Crime Rates: 308thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 511thLargest Gambling Industry: 652ndMost Advanced Public Education: 1,136thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,509thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 2,036thMost Efficient Economies: 3,155thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,536thMost Stationary: 5,036thMost Pro-Market: 7,356thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7,493rdTop
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 9,015thMost Influential: 10,185thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,143rdHighest Drug Use: 15,410thLargest Populations: 15,414th
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Most Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, on graduation day the hats thrown in the air fly high enough to stun passing pigeons.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the Treasury and Finance Ministry have been outsourced.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the government props up questionable pizza establishments in the name of health.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, robotic spouses prove to be just as imperfect as flesh and blood ones.
  • : The Dark System was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Drug Use.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, schoolyard sandboxes resemble ashtrays due to the large number of cigarette butts.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, advertisers scramble to sponsor the broadcast of Master Economist's most personal functions.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, eight-year-olds can be seen lighting up in public areas.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the state funds the recreational drug habits of every citizen.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, high-tech infantry rifles automatically reload when the soldier shoots outside the screen of their helmet HUD.

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