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The Megalopolis Corporatocracy of Matofali

“To Take and Master ”

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

Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: The North Pacific

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Matofali

Population8.95 billion

CapitalTar Rock Arcology 01
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 remarkable for its flagrant waste-dumping, aversion to nipples, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 8.95 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 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 4,034 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 450,731 Mato Points, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,218,373 per year while the poor average 4,097, a ratio of 1,029 to 1.

It's said that any enemy of democracy is a friend to President Jacob Sweetwater, the national sporting identity is represented by a talking burger and a singing smartphone, corporations have to consult a fifty-page "sanctions spreadsheet" to determine which countries they are allowed to do business with, and protestors are soaking piles of Mato Points in blood to make a point about government incomes. 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 194,118th in the world and 7,863rd in The North Pacific for Most Politically Free, scoring 26 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Most Armed: 28thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 32ndLargest Gambling Industry: 32ndHighest Crime Rates: 35thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 36thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 40thFattest Citizens: 55thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 70thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 72ndMost Avoided: 89thLargest Retail Industry: 91stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 115thRudest Citizens: 139thHighest Disposable Incomes: 171stMost Ignorant Citizens: 204thMost Corrupt Governments: 210thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 239thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 278thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 406thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 426thMost Rebellious Youth: 429thHighest Average Incomes: 495thLargest Insurance Industry: 495thMost Efficient Economies: 615thLargest Mining Sector: 669thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 879thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,050thMost Devout: 1,092ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,255thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,558thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,750thMost Pro-Market: 1,810thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 2,927thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,521stMost Subsidized Industry: 10,928thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 13,621stLargest Black Market: 15,401stMost Influential: 16,444thLargest Governments: 18,859thHighest Drug Use: 20,551stLargest Information Technology Sector: 22,798thLargest Publishing Industry: 23,190th
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Highest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 7th in the regionRudest Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 15th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 16th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 16th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 34th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 37th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 38th in the regionMost Devout: 51st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 53rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 71st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 86th in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 207th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 437th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 456th in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 591st in the regionLargest Black Market: 643rd in the regionLargest Populations: 688th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 736th in the regionLargest Governments: 926th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, protestors are soaking piles of Mato Points in blood to make a point about government incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, corporations have to consult a fifty-page "sanctions spreadsheet" to determine which countries they are allowed to do business with.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, the national sporting identity is represented by a talking burger and a singing smartphone.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, it's said that any enemy of democracy is a friend to President Jacob Sweetwater.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, jollity-related fatalities are on the increase.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, the nation's new flagship trading company deals exclusively in things no one wants.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, even snitches get stitches.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, recent events have left citizens both shaken and stirred.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, little children cry as their rainbow drawings are seized by the Straight-Thought Police.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, citizens who leave the country are officially classed as traitors.

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