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Most Avoided: 4,084thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,427thFattest Citizens: 4,726th
The Empire of
Compulsory Consumerist State Consumerist Wage Drones
Time is Money
Influence
Nipper
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Few

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Sunless Sky

Population2.275 billion

CapitalLondon
LeaderHer Renewed Majesty

CurrencySovereign
Animalbat

The Empire of Sunless Sky is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Her Renewed Majesty with an iron fist, and notable for its smutty television, ubiquitous missile silos, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 2.275 billion Sunlesses 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 tiny, corrupt, pro-business government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order, Industry, and Education are also considered important, while Environment and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of London. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.9%.

The all-consuming Sunless economy, worth 264 trillion Sovereigns 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, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is an impressive 116,135 Sovereigns, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 544,587 per year while the poor average 14,765, a ratio of 36.9 to 1.

Only the brainiest citizens become academics, woodcutter axes are cited as the most common cause of death amongst bats, drivers regularly pull over for nonexistent police cars, and diplomatic missions typically end with a flurry of childish insults, accusations and phlegm. Crime is a serious problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Sunless Sky's national animal is the bat, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Sunless Sky is ranked 24,973rd in the world and 726th in Lazarus for Most Pro-Market, scoring 75.44 on the Rand Index.

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Most Avoided: 4,084thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,427thFattest Citizens: 4,726thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,791stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4,825thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,263rdLargest Retail Industry: 5,966thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,088thLargest Mining Sector: 7,162ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,485thTop
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Most Secular: 13,376thMost Armed: 13,384thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 13,633rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13,922ndMost Corrupt Governments: 13,953rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14,788thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 18,181stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19,668thHighest Crime Rates: 19,888th
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Most Avoided: 230th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 237th in the regionFattest Citizens: 252nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 268th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 288th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 298th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 298th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 349th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 365th in the regionTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 464th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 504th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 522nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 587th in the regionMost Armed: 619th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 712th in the regionMost Secular: 725th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 726th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 753rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, diplomatic missions typically end with a flurry of childish insults, accusations and phlegm.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, drivers regularly pull over for nonexistent police cars.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, woodcutter axes are cited as the most common cause of death amongst bats.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, only the brainiest citizens become academics.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, the navy is chrome-plating its battleships to prevent rust.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, stony-faced prosecutors play loud gangster rap music during court proceedings.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, bread-gangs raid restaurant waste bins to stockpile uneaten rolls.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, citizens who leave the country are officially classed as traitors.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, fewer people are bathing as citizens must show ration stamps before they can turn on their faucets.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, the military refers to helpless combatants offering surrender as "sitting ducks".

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