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

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The Dark System

Population15.802 billion

CapitalThe Dark System Main Command Centre
LeaderMaster Economist

CurrencyDollar
AnimalMonster

The Mafian Economic Extremist of The Dark System is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Master Economist with an iron fist, and notable for its closed borders, infamous sell-swords, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 15.802 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 99.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Dark System economy, worth an astonishing 19,210 trillion Dollars 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 1,215,678 Dollars, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 11,379,195 per year while the poor average 11,031, a ratio of 1,031 to 1.

The nation's most "productive" diamond mine hasn't been operational for seven months, when shaking hands with foreign leaders Master Economist wears an armoured gauntlet, bad decisions are made very quickly, and roads are often attended by round-the-clock construction crews. 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 1st in the world and 1st in The Axis of Evil for Largest Retail Industry, scoring 126,369.88 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

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Largest Retail Industry: 1stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1stHighest Average Incomes: 2ndMost Efficient Economies: 2ndMost Subsidized Industry: 3rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 18thMost Corrupt Governments: 21stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 23rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 25thLargest Black Market: 26thFattest Citizens: 27thLargest Agricultural Sector: 27thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 30thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 31stLargest Insurance Industry: 31stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 32ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 33rdMost Secular: 39thMost Avoided: 41stLargest Mining Sector: 42ndLargest Governments: 45thRudest Citizens: 63rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 63rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 75thHighest Economic Output: 89thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 99thSmartest Citizens: 141stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 161stMost Armed: 182ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 193rdLargest Gambling Industry: 202ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 504thLowest Crime Rates: 583rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 860thMost Advanced Public Education: 926thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,179thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,192ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,825thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,779thMost Stationary: 4,132ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,187thMost Influential: 9,772ndTop
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Largest Populations: 13,271stMost Pro-Market: 14,739thHighest Drug Use: 22,682nd
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, roads are often attended by round-the-clock construction crews.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, bad decisions are made very quickly.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, when shaking hands with foreign leaders Master Economist wears an armoured gauntlet.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the nation's most "productive" diamond mine hasn't been operational for seven months.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, police drones follow every suspected Peeping Tom.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, trespassers entering Master Economist's office are immediately vaporized.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, hit TV show 'The eXecution Factor' is a critical success.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the wheel has been patented by at least a hundred people.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, agricultural employees work for peanuts.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, people often get liposuction to reduce their air fares.

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