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Most Avoided: 4,055thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,540thFattest Citizens: 4,778th
The Empire of
Corporate Police State Halliburton
Time is Money
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Few

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Sunless Sky

Population2.728 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 compulsory military service, flagrant waste-dumping, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 2.728 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 government is dominated by the Department of Defense, although Law & Order, Industry, and Education are also considered important, while Environment and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of London. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.2%.

The all-consuming Sunless economy, worth 322 trillion Sovereigns a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is an impressive 118,073 Sovereigns, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 551,100 per year while the poor average 15,142, a ratio of 36.4 to 1.

Minority children find the right answer in school tests is always the most insulting one, the nation's prisons are touted as the best weight loss programs money can't buy, the nation refuses to provide international aid, and the first test of a good kindergartener is the quality of the sponge-baths they give. Crime is a 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 179,356th in the world and 6,991st in Lazarus for Highest Poor Incomes, with 15,142.62 Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Avoided: 4,055thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,540thFattest Citizens: 4,778thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,971stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5,245thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,283rdLargest Retail Industry: 5,302ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,359thLargest Mining Sector: 7,405thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,775thTop
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Most Secular: 13,044thMost Corrupt Governments: 14,187thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 14,977thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,667thMost Armed: 16,225thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,976thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 20,608thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 21,072ndLargest Insurance Industry: 21,968th
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Most Avoided: 232nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 247th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 253rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 258th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 264th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 275th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 292nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 314th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 370th in the regionTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 476th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 501st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 525th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 540th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 638th in the regionMost Armed: 669th in the regionMost Secular: 733rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 781st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, the first test of a good kindergartener is the quality of the sponge-baths they give.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, the nation refuses to provide international aid.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, the nation's prisons are touted as the best weight loss programs money can't buy.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, minority children find the right answer in school tests is always the most insulting one.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, the government raises tariffs on a weekly basis.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, women mime their gynaecological symptoms with hand-puppets.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, scenic tours are unheard of after most environmental laws were abolished.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, school uniforms are compulsory.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, in court almost every witness is a hostile witness.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, new pilots are regularly reminded that they are more expendable than their planes.

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