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The Mafian Economic Extremist of The Dark System

“Money, Power, Respect!”

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

Regional Influence: Powerbroker

Location: The Axis of Evil

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The Dark System

Population16.76 billion

CapitalThe Dark System Main Command Centre
LeaderMaster Economist

CurrencyDollar
AnimalMonster

The Mafian Economic Extremist of The Dark System is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Master Economist with an iron fist, and renowned for its unlimited-speed roads, compulsory military service, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 16.76 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 99.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Dark System economy, worth an astonishing 21,090 trillion Dollars 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 1,258,404 Dollars, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 11,781,354 per year while the poor average 11,390, a ratio of 1,034 to 1.

Citizens are regularly arrested in queues for 'loitering', agricultural employees work for peanuts, commemorative mugs remembering last year's Black Friday Crockery Riots are a best seller this year, and seafood restaurants assure customers 'If it lives in the sea, it's on our menu'. Crime 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 25th in the world and 1st in The Axis of Evil for Fattest Citizens, with 99.21 Obesity Rate.

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Largest Retail Industry: 1stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1stHighest Average Incomes: 2ndMost Efficient Economies: 2ndMost Subsidized Industry: 3rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13thMost Corrupt Governments: 19thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 20thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 21stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 21stLargest Black Market: 24thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 25thFattest Citizens: 25thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 27thLargest Insurance Industry: 28thLargest Agricultural Sector: 28thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 30thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 32ndLargest Governments: 37thLargest Mining Sector: 38thMost Avoided: 39thMost Secular: 42ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 59thRudest Citizens: 59thHighest Economic Output: 70thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 74thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 82ndSmartest Citizens: 118thLargest Gambling Industry: 139thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 156thMost Armed: 196thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 203rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 372ndLowest Crime Rates: 659thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 882ndMost Advanced Public Education: 897thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,033rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,105thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,607thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,758thTop
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Most Stationary: 3,994thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,824thMost Influential: 9,595thTop
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Largest Populations: 13,046thMost Pro-Market: 15,195thMost Cultured: 21,117thMost Rebellious Youth: 22,746th
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, seafood restaurants assure customers 'If it lives in the sea, it's on our menu'.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, commemorative mugs remembering last year's Black Friday Crockery Riots are a best seller this year.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, agricultural employees work for peanuts.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, citizens are regularly arrested in queues for 'loitering'.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, it is mandatory to learn evolution in schools.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, opening a bad email attachment can be a major felony.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, from the highest mountain to the deepest cave - one can always count on finding a good cell signal in The Dark System.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, official maps have to be revised on a weekly basis.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, video evidence of cruel animal experiments tends to be of poor quality.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, East Lebatuckese luxury goods are plundered by the working class of The Dark System.

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