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The Scientific Powerhouse of Dark Matter

“Quin tu suspendis te?” General Superintendent Aleister Crowley

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Location: Europe


Dark Matter

Population12.665 billion

CapitalAcademy City
LeaderGeneral Superintendent Aleister Crowley
FaithFlying Spaghetti Monster


The Scientific Powerhouse of Dark Matter is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by General Superintendent Aleister Crowley with an iron fist, and notable for its otherworldly petting zoo, free-roaming dinosaurs, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 12.665 billion Espers are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Academy City. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient scientific economy, worth a remarkable 4,734 trillion Euros a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Tourism. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 373,839 Euros, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.1 times as much as the poorest.

Tourists avoid using the nation's bugged phones and monitored internet, it turns out that you actually can put a price on intangible cultural heritage, government agents scour baking periodicals for subversive recipes, and the Treasury Minister takes anxiety medication every time kids lose their sports kits. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Dark Matter's national animal is the Phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Dark Matter is ranked 142,054th in the world and 743rd in Europe for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 16.05 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Most Influential: 27thMost Secular: 136thLowest Crime Rates: 148thMost Scientifically Advanced: 177thLargest Governments: 278thMost Corrupt Governments: 285thMost Efficient Economies: 290thSmartest Citizens: 366thHighest Average Tax Rates: 389thMost Developed: 505thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 519thLargest Information Technology Sector: 571stLongest Average Lifespans: 578thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 603rdMost Subsidized Industry: 693rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 848thMost Valuable International Artwork: 908thMost Advanced Public Education: 911thMost Cultured: 931stHighest Average Incomes: 978thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,015thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,174thHealthiest Citizens: 1,231stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,332ndHighest Poor Incomes: 1,364thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,513thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,596thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,708thHighest Economic Output: 2,043rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,124thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,154thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,227thTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 2,278thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,308thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,446thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,226thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,458thMost Inclusive: 5,197thMost Stationary: 6,431stLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,470thLargest Black Market: 8,881stTop
Largest Populations: 19,540thMost Authoritarian: 20,056th
Most Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 8th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10th in the regionMost Developed: 11th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 11th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11th in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 12th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13th in the regionMost Influential: 13th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 16th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 16th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 18th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20th in the regionMost Stationary: 22nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 22nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 22nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 23rd in the regionMost Cultured: 24th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 24th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 26th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 27th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 28th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 30th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 30th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 32nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 35th in the regionLargest Black Market: 56th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 67th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 85th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 88th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 95th in the regionMost Inclusive: 97th in the region

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