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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1stLargest Retail Industry: 1stHighest Average Incomes: 2nd
The Mafia Economic Extremist of
Compulsory Consumerist State Consumerist Wage Drones
Money, Power, Respect!
Influence
Powerbroker
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

The Dark System

Population15.06 billion

CapitalThe Dark System Main Command Centre
LeaderMaster Economist

CurrencyDoller
AnimalMonster

The Mafia Economic Extremist of The Dark System is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Master Economist with an iron fist, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, enslaved workforce, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 15.06 billion Dark Systems 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 relatively small, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Dark System Main Command Centre. The average income tax rate is 99.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Dark System economy, worth an astonishing 17,925 trillion Dollers a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Average income is a breathtaking 1,190,292 Dollers, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 11,139,760 per year while the poor average 10,823, a ratio of 1,029 to 1.

Extraordinary rendition is nothing out of the ordinary, employers are finding it hard to screen candidates now that everyone gets A grades in their exams, woodcutter axes are cited as the most common cause of death amongst Monsters, and bilingual Dark Systems are viewed with suspicion. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Dark System's national animal is the Monster, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

The Dark System is ranked 174,933rd in the world and 4th in The Axis of Evil for Most Politically Free, scoring 18.29 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1stLargest Retail Industry: 1stHighest Average Incomes: 2ndMost Efficient Economies: 2ndMost Subsidized Industry: 3rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 10thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 11thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 18thMost Corrupt Governments: 22ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 24thLargest Black Market: 28thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 28thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 30thLargest Agricultural Sector: 31stFattest Citizens: 32ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 33rdLargest Insurance Industry: 33rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 34thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 37thLargest Mining Sector: 45thMost Avoided: 46thLargest Governments: 48thLargest Information Technology Sector: 63rdRudest Citizens: 66thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 78thMost Secular: 88thHighest Economic Output: 95thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 111thSmartest Citizens: 149thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 162ndMost Armed: 172ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 185thLargest Gambling Industry: 224thLowest Crime Rates: 526thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 687thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 740thMost Advanced Public Education: 908thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,228thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,258thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,828thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,079thMost Stationary: 4,215thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,869thMost Influential: 10,023rdTop
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Most Pro-Market: 12,786thLargest Populations: 13,464thHighest Drug Use: 20,655th
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, bilingual Dark Systems are viewed with suspicion.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, woodcutter axes are cited as the most common cause of death amongst Monsters.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, employers are finding it hard to screen candidates now that everyone gets A grades in their exams.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, extraordinary rendition is nothing out of the ordinary.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, unemployed taxi drivers ironically use self-driving cabs to reach employment offices.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, a degree of self-hatred is vital for a future in politics.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, citizens live in superstitious fear of the mysterious glowing clouds that float over The Dark System.
  • : The Dark System was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the government is more interested in identifying problems than fixing them.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, citizens need a magnifying glass and color chart to distinguish between nearly identical brand labels.

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