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The Empire of Darthrock

“Mission Accomplished”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The Order of the Grey Wardens

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Darthrock

Population134 million

Currencyrock
Animalwolf

The Empire of Darthrock is a very large, efficient nation, notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, prohibition of alcohol, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 134 million Darthrockians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Law & Order, and Industry. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 20.1%.

The strong Darthrockian economy, worth 9.48 trillion rocks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Basket Weaving industry, with major contributions from Automobile Manufacturing, Retail, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is 70,732 rocks, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 222,552 per year while the poor average 17,199, a ratio of 12.9 to 1.

Former bars are desperately trying to re-brand themselves as cafés, the government is purchasing vast amounts of palm oil for plastics production, private law firms are unheard of, and popular cartoon characters frequently appear in government-sponsored PSAs reminding students to say no to drugs. Crime, especially youth-related, is relatively low, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Darthrock's national animal is the wolf, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Darthrock is ranked 39,612th in the world and 51st in The Order of the Grey Wardens for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 4,828.27 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Top
10%
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 9,165thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 9,635thMost Avoided: 9,714thMost Primitive: 9,749thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 9,914thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13,958th
Top
5%
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 9th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10th in the regionMost Avoided: 10th in the regionTop
10%
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionMost Primitive: 14th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 18th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 21st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Darthrock changed its national currency to "rock".
  • : Following new legislation in Darthrock, popular cartoon characters frequently appear in government-sponsored PSAs reminding students to say no to drugs.
  • : Following new legislation in Darthrock, private law firms are unheard of.
  • : Following new legislation in Darthrock, the government is purchasing vast amounts of palm oil for plastics production.
  • : Following new legislation in Darthrock, former bars are desperately trying to re-brand themselves as cafés.
  • : Darthrock was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Avoided.
  • : Following new legislation in Darthrock, Leader has a wardrobe full of fake designer suits.
  • : Following new legislation in Darthrock, pollution is on the rise along with government approvals of fracking projects.
  • : Following new legislation in Darthrock, a new guerrilla marketing campaign for tap water involves government agents spraying random citizens with hose water.
  • : Following new legislation in Darthrock, group hugs break out during floor votes.

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