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Most Armed: 25thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 33rdHighest Crime Rates: 35th
The Megalopolis Corporatocracy of
Compulsory Consumerist State Consumerist Wage Drones
To Take and Master
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Matofali

Population6.772 billion

CapitalTar Rock
LeaderPresident Jacob Sweetwater
FaithCorporatism

CurrencyMato Point
AnimalRope Hawk

The Megalopolis Corporatocracy of Matofali is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by President Jacob Sweetwater with an iron fist, and remarkable for its flagrant waste-dumping, complete lack of prisons, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 6.772 billion Matofalians 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 minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tar Rock. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Matofalian economy, worth a remarkable 2,998 trillion Mato Points a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Arms Manufacturing, and Soda Sales. Average income is an amazing 442,819 Mato Points, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,143,095 per year while the poor average 4,041, a ratio of 1,025 to 1.

The jackhammer is considered a tool of artistic criticism, door-to-door salesmen are frequently beaten up by 'vigilantes', the subway is dead quiet in early afternoons, and theft is considered to be okay if the crime happened a long time ago. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Matofali's national animal is the Rope Hawk, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Corporatism.

Matofali is ranked 750th in the world and 39th in The North Pacific for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring 83,535.02 on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

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Most Armed: 25thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 33rdHighest Crime Rates: 35thLargest Gambling Industry: 39thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 39thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 43rdFattest Citizens: 58thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 69thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 73rdLargest Retail Industry: 77thMost Avoided: 86thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 127thRudest Citizens: 165thHighest Disposable Incomes: 166thMost Corrupt Governments: 184thMost Ignorant Citizens: 191stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 239thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 262ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 390thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 439thHighest Average Incomes: 454thLargest Insurance Industry: 467thMost Rebellious Youth: 483rdMost Efficient Economies: 552ndLargest Mining Sector: 619thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 750thMost Devout: 1,070thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,090thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,123rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,294thMost Pro-Market: 1,773rdTop
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Highest Economic Output: 3,875thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,770thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 9,072ndHighest Drug Use: 11,754thLargest Black Market: 12,636thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,869thMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,501stMost Influential: 14,836th
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Most Armed: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7th in the regionRudest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 7th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 11th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 12th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 12th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 19th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 25th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 34th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 39th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 43rd in the regionMost Devout: 51st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 64th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 108th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 320th in the regionLargest Black Market: 421st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 442nd in the regionTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 496th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 671st in the regionLargest Populations: 738th in the regionLargest Governments: 858th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 861st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 870th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, theft is considered to be okay if the crime happened a long time ago.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, the subway is dead quiet in early afternoons.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, door-to-door salesmen are frequently beaten up by 'vigilantes'.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, the jackhammer is considered a tool of artistic criticism.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, fur coats have become the latest fashion trend.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, the military is plagued with unethical researchers.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, tourists flock to see the giant stone carvings of historical leaders at Mount Rushless.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, a girl's success in life is often linked to her performance in beauty pageants.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, the government advises foreign diplomats to speak softly and carry a big bag of cash.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, the streets are increasingly clogged with poverty-stricken beggars.

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