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The Megalopolis Corporatocracy of Matofali

“To Take and Master ”

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

Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: The North Pacific

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Matofali

Population7.601 billion

CapitalTar Rock Arcology 01
LeaderPresident Jacob Sweetwater
FaithCorporatism

CurrencyMato Point
AnimalRope Hawk

The Megalopolis Corporatocracy of Matofali is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by President Jacob Sweetwater with an iron fist, and notable for its infamous sell-swords, absence of drug laws, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 7.601 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, juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tar Rock Arcology 01. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Matofalian economy, worth a remarkable 3,401 trillion Mato Points a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Arms Manufacturing, and Soda Sales. Average income is an amazing 447,538 Mato Points, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,188,094 per year while the poor average 4,074, a ratio of 1,028 to 1.

Major boxing matches are held in government buildings, immigrants are told to pull themselves up by their worn-out budget bootstraps, personal injury lawyers are demanding compensation from the government after recent reductions in manufacturer liability, and everybody's got wood thanks to President Jacob Sweetwater. 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 205,117th in the world and 9,602nd in The North Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 39.53 on the Human Development Index.

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Most Armed: 30thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 33rdLargest Gambling Industry: 35thHighest Crime Rates: 37thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 40thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 42ndFattest Citizens: 53rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 73rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 74thLargest Retail Industry: 88thMost Avoided: 90thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 124thHighest Disposable Incomes: 168thRudest Citizens: 175thMost Ignorant Citizens: 188thMost Corrupt Governments: 196thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 242ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 258thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 384thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 435thHighest Average Incomes: 461stMost Rebellious Youth: 472ndLargest Insurance Industry: 484thMost Efficient Economies: 577thLargest Mining Sector: 648thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 785thMost Devout: 1,047thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,049thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,169thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,374thMost Pro-Market: 1,754thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 3,422ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,134thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,667thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 12,979thLargest Black Market: 13,144thMost Influential: 16,600thHighest Drug Use: 16,761stLargest Governments: 18,203rd
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Highest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 6th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 6th in the regionRudest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 11th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 14th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 16th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 18th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 29th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 37th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 41st in the regionMost Devout: 49th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 50th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 70th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 100th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 380th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 443rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 480th in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 488th in the regionLargest Populations: 660th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 694th in the regionMost Stationary: 780th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 851st in the regionLargest Governments: 873rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, everybody's got wood thanks to President Jacob Sweetwater.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, personal injury lawyers are demanding compensation from the government after recent reductions in manufacturer liability.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, immigrants are told to pull themselves up by their worn-out budget bootstraps.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, major boxing matches are held in government buildings.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, bar brawls are an hourly occurrence.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, government officials are phoning up good-looking celebrities to say they want to breed with them.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, the nation's cuisine is the laughing stock of The North Pacific.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, funding for education has been redirected into the military.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, the moral worth of national allies is judged by their GDP.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, corporations claim the third ounce of any metal traded in a wicker-cone on the Sunday of a full moon as a charitable expense.

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