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Largest Retail Industry: 2nd Most Subsidized Industry: 5th Highest Wealthy Incomes: 6th
The Insurgent Economic Extremist of
Corporate Police State Halliburton
Money, Power, Respect!
Influence
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Dark System

Population11.438 billion

CapitalThe Dark System Main Command Centre
LeaderMaster Economist
FaithThe Dark System

CurrencyDoller
AnimalMonster

The Insurgent Economic Extremist of The Dark System is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Master Economist with an iron fist, and renowned for its frequent executions, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 11.438 billion Dark Systems 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 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 98.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Dark System economy, worth an astonishing 11,579 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 1,012,332 Dollers, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,723,242 per year while the poor average 87,858, a ratio of 65.1 to 1.

Nuclear warheads are frequently launched into space as a warning to invading meteoroids, groups of government workers are declared protected tribes if they venture too deep into the Capitol, the state subsidizes liposuction, and the government is cracking down on subversive groups. 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, and its national religion is The Dark System.

The Dark System is ranked 29th in the world and 2nd in The Axis of Evil for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring 178,123.65 on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

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Largest Retail Industry: 2ndMost Subsidized Industry: 5thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6thHighest Average Incomes: 6thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 19thMost Scientifically Advanced: 22ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 26thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 29thLargest Insurance Industry: 37thMost Corrupt Governments: 42ndMost Secular: 44thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 60thMost Avoided: 62ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 62ndLargest Mining Sector: 64thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 67thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 67thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 70thLargest Black Market: 75thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 77thFattest Citizens: 80thLargest Governments: 90thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 106thRudest Citizens: 123rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 142ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 144thLargest Agricultural Sector: 150thHighest Economic Output: 226thSmartest Citizens: 283rdLowest Crime Rates: 310thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 513thLargest Gambling Industry: 660thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,130thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,497thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 2,015thMost Efficient Economies: 3,154thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,445thMost Stationary: 5,032ndMost Pro-Market: 7,186thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7,317thTop
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8,990thMost Influential: 10,174thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,115thLargest Populations: 15,426thHighest Drug Use: 15,543rd
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Largest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the government is cracking down on subversive groups.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the state subsidizes liposuction.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, groups of government workers are declared protected tribes if they venture too deep into the Capitol.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, nuclear warheads are frequently launched into space as a warning to invading meteoroids.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, business meetings across the country are interrupted by the sound of squeaking whoopee-cushions.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, on graduation day the hats thrown in the air fly high enough to stun passing pigeons.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the Treasury and Finance Ministry have been outsourced.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the government props up questionable pizza establishments in the name of health.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, robotic spouses prove to be just as imperfect as flesh and blood ones.
  • : The Dark System was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Drug Use.

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