by Max Barry

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

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

The Dark System

Population11.884 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, orderly nation, ruled by Master Economist with an iron fist, and renowned for its closed borders, rum-swilling pirates, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 11.884 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 98.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Dark System economy, worth an astonishing 12,269 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 1,032,446 Dollers, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 7,507,680 per year while the poor average 44,516, a ratio of 168 to 1.

Dark System scientists are mixing chewing tobacco with bacon flavouring in an attempt to craft the perfect male snack, amorous nobles always bring the same disappointing gift to weddings, the number of students attending university has reached a record high, and public urination is on the increase. 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 54,677th in the world and 2nd in The Axis of Evil for Highest Drug Use, scoring 79.2 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2ndLargest Retail Industry: 2ndMost Subsidized Industry: 5thHighest Average Incomes: 5thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 20thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 24thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 27thLargest Insurance Industry: 36thMost Corrupt Governments: 39thMost Secular: 47thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 56thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 59thLargest Information Technology Sector: 60thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 60thMost Avoided: 61stLargest Mining Sector: 64thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 73rdFattest Citizens: 74thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 76thLargest Black Market: 77thLargest Governments: 86thRudest Citizens: 92ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 109thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 129thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 144thLargest Agricultural Sector: 144thHighest Economic Output: 193rdSmartest Citizens: 261stLowest Crime Rates: 344thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 540thLargest Gambling Industry: 543rdMost Advanced Public Education: 1,083rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,417thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,960thMost Efficient Economies: 3,093rdLargest Publishing Industry: 3,302ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,482ndMost Stationary: 4,867thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 4,958thMost Pro-Market: 6,094thTop
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Most Influential: 10,193rdLargest Populations: 15,108th
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Most Secular: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, public urination is on the increase.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the number of students attending university has reached a record high.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, amorous nobles always bring the same disappointing gift to weddings.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, Dark System scientists are mixing chewing tobacco with bacon flavouring in an attempt to craft the perfect male snack.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, there's a bright dawn ahead for The Dark System.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, personal injury lawyers are demanding compensation from the government after recent reductions in manufacturer liability.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, foreign governments regularly accuse the Dark System military of war crimes.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, labour strikes are routinely squashed by police.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the experimental sculpture "Overtures In Dried Monster Dung" has been declared a national treasure.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the nation has declared war on all passing comets.

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