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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd Largest Retail Industry: 2nd Highest Average Incomes: 5th
The Insurgent Economic Extremist of
Compulsory Consumerist State Consumerist Wage Drones
Money, Power, Respect!
Influence
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

The Dark System

Population11.842 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, orderly nation, ruled by Master Economist with an iron fist, and remarkable for its closed borders, ubiquitous missile silos, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 11.842 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 98.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Dark System economy, worth an astonishing 12,210 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 1,031,125 Dollers, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 7,444,135 per year while the poor average 45,599, a ratio of 163 to 1.

Engineers ask liberal arts majors "Do you want fries with that?", drill sergeants yell in the ears of bespectacled nerds in cybermilitary "reboot camps", travelers often bring empty plastic bottles on Air The Dark System flights to avoid the pay lavatories, and birds and children's kites are regularly brought down by anti-aircraft fire. 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 1,403rd in the world and 2nd in The Axis of Evil for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 98.86 Effective Tax Rate.

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2ndLargest Retail Industry: 2ndHighest Average Incomes: 5thMost Subsidized Industry: 5thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 20thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 23rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 27thLargest Insurance Industry: 37thMost Corrupt Governments: 39thMost Secular: 45thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 56thLargest Information Technology Sector: 59thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 59thMost Avoided: 61stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 62ndLargest Mining Sector: 64thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 71stFattest Citizens: 75thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 76thLargest Black Market: 76thLargest Governments: 86thRudest Citizens: 97thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 107thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 127thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 143rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 144thHighest Economic Output: 197thSmartest Citizens: 263rdLowest Crime Rates: 338thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 537thLargest Gambling Industry: 548thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,090thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,403rdTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,959thMost Efficient Economies: 3,102ndLargest Publishing Industry: 3,369thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,493rdMost Stationary: 4,879thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5,081stMost Pro-Market: 6,253rdTop
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Most Influential: 10,190thLargest Populations: 15,126th
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, birds and children's kites are regularly brought down by anti-aircraft fire.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, travelers often bring empty plastic bottles on Air The Dark System flights to avoid the pay lavatories.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, drill sergeants yell in the ears of bespectacled nerds in cybermilitary "reboot camps".
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, engineers ask liberal arts majors "Do you want fries with that?".
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the police use sound cannons and mortars to deal with loud parties.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, terrorist videos start by thanking their sponsors.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, those who investigate UFOs tend to wake up delirious on abandoned roads.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the military has forsaken terrestrial warfare.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, centuries-old marble buildings are being torn down and replaced with corrugated steel wind tunnels.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, gene-engineered sewerjacks don't smell but they do stink.

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