by Max Barry

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Most Armed: 30thLargest Gambling Industry: 34thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 35th
The Megalopolis Corporatocracy of
Compulsory Consumerist State Consumerist Wage Drones
To Take and Master
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population8.071 billion

CapitalTar Rock Arcology 01
LeaderPresident Jacob Sweetwater

CurrencyMato Point
AnimalRope Hawk

The Megalopolis Corporatocracy of Matofali is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by President Jacob Sweetwater with an iron fist, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, complete lack of public education, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 8.071 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 Arcology 01. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Matofalian economy, worth a remarkable 3,626 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 449,330 Mato Points, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,204,961 per year while the poor average 4,089, a ratio of 1,028 to 1.

Putting a mustache on a banknote is considered defacing a national monument, the nation is renowned abroad for its love of blood and guts, the government is a law unto itself, and Matofalian-made cars tend to catch fire in people's driveways. 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 225,637th in the world and 10,176th in The North Pacific for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring -32.71 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

Most Armed: 30thLargest Gambling Industry: 34thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 35thHighest Crime Rates: 36thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 40thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 42ndFattest Citizens: 55thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 69thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 74thLargest Retail Industry: 85thMost Avoided: 92ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 121stRudest Citizens: 157thHighest Disposable Incomes: 170thMost Ignorant Citizens: 193rdMost Corrupt Governments: 201stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 245thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 275thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 394thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 418thMost Rebellious Youth: 459thHighest Average Incomes: 470thLargest Insurance Industry: 486thMost Efficient Economies: 580thLargest Mining Sector: 652ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 843rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,040thMost Devout: 1,049thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,179thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,203rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,466thMost Pro-Market: 1,691stTop
Highest Economic Output: 3,217thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,914thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,988thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 13,219thLargest Black Market: 14,213thMost Influential: 16,287thLargest Governments: 18,295thHighest Drug Use: 19,782nd
Most Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 6th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 6th in the regionRudest Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 12th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 14th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 18th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 18th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 28th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 36th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 42nd in the regionMost Devout: 46th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 53rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 77th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 99th in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 165th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 368th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 429th in the regionLargest Black Market: 498th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 505th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 640th in the regionMost Stationary: 718th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 721st in the regionLargest Governments: 894th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 932nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, Matofalian-made cars tend to catch fire in people's driveways.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, the government is a law unto itself.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, the nation is renowned abroad for its love of blood and guts.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, putting a mustache on a banknote is considered defacing a national monument.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, signs saying "No Poor People or Weirdoes" are common outside shops and cafés.
  • : Matofali was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, cities are engulfed by smog.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, President Jacob Sweetwater is described as an everyday person with normal tastes and the usual interests.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, fraternities are notorious for drunken hooliganism.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, citizens are regularly found digging for treasure in their gardens.


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