by Max Barry

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 22ndLargest Gambling Industry: 33rdMost Corrupt Governments: 38th
The Kingdom of
Corporate Police State Halliburton
gold or lead
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population15.151 billion

CapitalDarkmen City
Leaderagustus nero

Currencyhuman females

The Kingdom of Darkmen is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by agustus nero with an iron fist, and renowned for its deadly medical pandemics, triple-decker prams, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 15.151 billion Darkmenians 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 minute, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Defense, with Industry and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Environment and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Darkmen City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Darkmenian economy, worth a remarkable 7,979 trillion human femaleses a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Gambling, and Uranium Mining. Average income is a breathtaking 526,686 human femaleses, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,932,970 per year while the poor average 4,741, a ratio of 1,040 to 1.

The government has become increasingly militant, politicians literally speak literally, it's best to decline if agustus nero offers to buy a round of drinks, and rural Darkmenians stare in awe at the bright lights of the big cities. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Darkmen's national animal is the rancors, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Darkmen is ranked 812th in the world and 16th in the South Pacific for Highest Economic Output, with 7,979 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 22ndLargest Gambling Industry: 33rdMost Corrupt Governments: 38thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 43rdMost Avoided: 49thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 49thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 57thMost Ignorant Citizens: 60thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 60thFattest Citizens: 63rdLargest Retail Industry: 74thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 80thHighest Disposable Incomes: 85thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 87thLargest Insurance Industry: 90thLargest Mining Sector: 128thMost Devout: 147thMost Primitive: 210thLargest Agricultural Sector: 219thHighest Average Incomes: 248thRudest Citizens: 411thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 544thMost Armed: 558thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 587thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 633rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 641stHighest Economic Output: 812thMost Efficient Economies: 1,010thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,017thTop
Most Stationary: 4,692ndLargest Governments: 7,082ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,614thLargest Black Market: 11,904thTop
Most Influential: 12,386thMost Conservative: 15,638thLargest Populations: 16,382ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 17,741stMost Subsidized Industry: 19,957th
Largest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionMost Devout: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionMost Primitive: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 11th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 16th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 19th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 19th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 21st in the regionRudest Citizens: 23rd in the regionMost Armed: 23rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 28th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 33rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 47th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 101st in the regionLargest Populations: 188th in the regionLargest Governments: 190th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 200th in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 436th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 594th in the regionMost Conservative: 701st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 720th in the regionMost Extreme: 774th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 796th in the regionMost Influential: 816th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Darkmen, rural Darkmenians stare in awe at the bright lights of the big cities.
  • : Following new legislation in Darkmen, it's best to decline if agustus nero offers to buy a round of drinks.
  • : Following new legislation in Darkmen, politicians literally speak literally.
  • : Following new legislation in Darkmen, the government has become increasingly militant.
  • : Following new legislation in Darkmen, citizens are regularly arrested in queues for 'loitering'.
  • : Following new legislation in Darkmen, Darkmenians have become death, the destroyer of worlds.
  • : Following new legislation in Darkmen, in court almost every witness is a hostile witness.
  • : Following new legislation in Darkmen, apprentice builders get teased for wearing hard hats.
  • : Following new legislation in Darkmen, the Coast Guard is pioneering a quixotic program to train fish.
  • : Following new legislation in Darkmen, members of the government all have oddly similar anecdotes about their childhoods.


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