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The Insurgent Economic Extremist of The Dark System

“Money, Power, Respect!”

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

Regional Influence: Powerbroker

Location: The Axis of Evil

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The Dark System

Population13.871 billion

CapitalThe Dark System Main Command Centre
LeaderMaster Economist

CurrencyDoller
AnimalMonster

The Insurgent Economic Extremist of The Dark System is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Master Economist with an iron fist, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 13.871 billion Dark Systems 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 relatively small, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Dark System Main Command Centre. The average income tax rate is 98.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Dark System economy, worth an astonishing 15,800 trillion Dollers a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Average income is a breathtaking 1,139,076 Dollers, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 10,659,133 per year while the poor average 10,374, a ratio of 1,027 to 1.

More and more people are signing up for the government party, warfare increasingly resembles a video game, tax returns detail how many games of slots each citizen will be able to play with their refund, and cities are engulfed by smog. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Dark System's national animal is the Monster, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

The Dark System is ranked 7,921st in the world and 2nd in The Axis of Evil for Most Pro-Market, scoring 90.33 on the Rand Index.

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1stLargest Retail Industry: 2ndHighest Average Incomes: 3rdMost Subsidized Industry: 3rdMost Efficient Economies: 4thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 12thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 20thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 20thMost Corrupt Governments: 24thLargest Black Market: 34thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 35thLargest Insurance Industry: 36thLargest Agricultural Sector: 36thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 37thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 39thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 40thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 40thFattest Citizens: 44thMost Avoided: 51stLargest Mining Sector: 51stLargest Governments: 66thLargest Information Technology Sector: 67thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 79thMost Secular: 83rdRudest Citizens: 92ndHighest Economic Output: 120thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 130thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 158thMost Armed: 163rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 173rdSmartest Citizens: 181stLargest Gambling Industry: 301stLowest Crime Rates: 512thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 643rdMost Advanced Public Education: 966thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,099thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,393rdLargest Publishing Industry: 1,617thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,628thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,883rdMost Stationary: 4,422ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,536thMost Pro-Market: 7,921stTop
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Most Influential: 8,708thLargest Populations: 13,996th
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Most Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, cities are engulfed by smog.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, tax returns detail how many games of slots each citizen will be able to play with their refund.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, warfare increasingly resembles a video game.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, more and more people are signing up for the government party.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, citizens are expected to be proficient in at least five languages.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, it's a long jump to get onto the housing ladder.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the diplomatic corps tends to open negotiations by insulting all the foreigners in the room.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, nude art is becoming wildly popular.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, chalkboards are replaced with billboards in the classroom.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, nuclear warheads are frequently launched into space as a warning to invading meteoroids.

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