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Fattest Citizens: 4,545thMost Avoided: 4,701stHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,735th
The Empire of
Corporate Police State Halliburton
Time is Money
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Sunless Sky

Population3.93 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 renowned for its deadly medical pandemics, pith helmet sales, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 3.93 billion Sunlesses 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 tiny, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order, Industry, and Education also on the agenda, while Welfare and Environment 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 6.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Sunless economy, worth 476 trillion Sovereigns a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Uranium Mining, and Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 121,339 Sovereigns, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 585,405 per year while the poor average 14,622, a ratio of 40.0 to 1.

It is popularly believed that "cheese every day keeps disaster away", punitive tariffs protect local industry, more and more people are signing up for the government party, and even in a one-horse town police are as common as fleas on a stray dog. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, thanks to a capable police force. Sunless Sky's national animal is the bat, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Sunless Sky is ranked 52,703rd in the world and 1,387th in Lazarus for Most Extreme, scoring 26.71 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

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Fattest Citizens: 4,545thMost Avoided: 4,701stHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,735thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,789thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,133rdLargest Retail Industry: 5,862ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,257thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7,363rdLargest Mining Sector: 8,564thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 9,390thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11,762ndTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 12,880thMost Secular: 13,573rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13,883rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,799thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,274thLargest Insurance Industry: 18,711thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19,232ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 21,644thHighest Average Incomes: 22,936th
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Fattest Citizens: 237th in the regionMost Avoided: 253rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 266th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 267th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 272nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 286th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 310th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 318th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 369th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 422nd in the regionTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 446th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 558th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 626th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 693rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 701st in the regionMost Secular: 709th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 720th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 722nd in the regionMost Stationary: 766th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, even in a one-horse town police are as common as fleas on a stray dog.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, more and more people are signing up for the government party.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, punitive tariffs protect local industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, it is popularly believed that "cheese every day keeps disaster away".
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, autumn landscape paintings feature men stripping leaves from bare branches with a vacuum.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, large areas of Sunless Sky are not accessible by the public.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, the police insist that racism does not exist.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, the poor are forced into bankruptcy by their energy bills.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, truancy officers have a hard time catching children trained in advanced camouflage skills.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, sexually-starved male dinosaurs terrorise tourists during weekly breakouts from Mesozoic Park.

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