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The Megalopolis Corporatocracy of Matofali

“To Take and Master ”

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: The North Pacific

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Matofali

Population5.99 billion

CapitalTar Rock
LeaderPresident Jacob Sweetwater
FaithCorporatism

CurrencyMato Point
AnimalRope Hawk

The Megalopolis Corporatocracy of Matofali is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by President Jacob Sweetwater with an iron fist, and renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, pith helmet sales, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.99 billion Matofalians 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 minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Industry, although Defense is also considered important, while Environment and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tar Rock. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Matofalian economy, worth a remarkable 2,566 trillion Mato Points a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Soda Sales. Average income is an amazing 428,457 Mato Points, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,114,425 per year while the poor average 2,605, a ratio of 1,579 to 1.

Sermons are regularly interrupted by businessmen taking phone calls, blocked storm drains cause sanitation problems, scenic mountain valleys are flooded with water as damming projects get underway, and economists have been named Invertebrates of the Year. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Matofali's national animal is the Rope Hawk, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Corporatism.

Matofali is ranked 56,747th in the world and 1,781st in The North Pacific for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero Valid Endorsements.

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 28thMost Armed: 31stHighest Crime Rates: 38thLargest Gambling Industry: 40thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 48thFattest Citizens: 66thLargest Retail Industry: 68thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 69thMost Avoided: 91stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 97thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 140thHighest Disposable Incomes: 183rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 192ndRudest Citizens: 195thMost Corrupt Governments: 200thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 242ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 242ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 375thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 430thHighest Average Incomes: 437thLargest Insurance Industry: 474thMost Rebellious Youth: 482ndLargest Mining Sector: 593rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 634thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,106thMost Devout: 1,126thTop
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Most Pro-Market: 1,763rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,764thHighest Economic Output: 4,366thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,605thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5,648thMost Efficient Economies: 7,014thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 9,048thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9,435thHighest Drug Use: 9,618thLargest Black Market: 12,062ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,008thMost Influential: 15,067th
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 5th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 10th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 10th in the regionRudest Citizens: 11th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 11th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 18th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 30th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 50th in the regionMost Devout: 55th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 122nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 251st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 253rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 276th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 297th in the regionLargest Black Market: 329th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 425th in the regionTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 552nd in the regionLargest Populations: 726th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 746th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, economists have been named Invertebrates of the Year.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, scenic mountain valleys are flooded with water as damming projects get underway.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, blocked storm drains cause sanitation problems.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, sermons are regularly interrupted by businessmen taking phone calls.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, teachers prefer to give 'Maybe, Maybe Not' tests when dealing with sensitive subjects.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, the restriction that you must be over 1.1 metres tall to ride a carnotaurus has recently been waived.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, most Matofalian video games are banned in other countries.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, bicyclists are banned from major roads.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, scavengers with burlap sacks and shovels skulk around graveyards.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, visitors to the famed rainforests are instead taken to vast furniture factories.

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