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The Insurgent Economic Extremist of The Dark System

“Money, Power, Respect!”

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: The Axis of Evil

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The Dark System

Population11.438 billion

CapitalThe Dark System Main Command Centre
LeaderMaster Economist
FaithThe Dark System

CurrencyDoller
AnimalMonster

The Insurgent Economic Extremist of The Dark System is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Master Economist with an iron fist, and renowned for its parental licensing program, sprawling nuclear power plants, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 11.438 billion Dark Systems are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

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 98.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Dark System economy, worth an astonishing 11,571 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 1,011,703 Dollers, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,719,689 per year while the poor average 87,804, a ratio of 65.1 to 1.

Robotic spouses prove to be just as imperfect as flesh and blood ones, the government props up questionable pizza establishments in the name of health, the Treasury and Finance Ministry have been outsourced, and on graduation day the hats thrown in the air fly high enough to stun passing pigeons. 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, and its national religion is The Dark System.

The Dark System is ranked 29th in the world and 2nd in The Axis of Evil for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring 177,816.76 on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

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Largest Retail Industry: 2ndHighest Average Incomes: 6thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6thMost Subsidized Industry: 6thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 19thMost Scientifically Advanced: 22ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 26thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 29thLargest Insurance Industry: 37thMost Corrupt Governments: 42ndMost Secular: 44thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 60thMost Avoided: 62ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 62ndLargest Mining Sector: 64thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 66thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 67thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 71stLargest Black Market: 75thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 77thFattest Citizens: 80thRudest Citizens: 88thLargest Governments: 92ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 104thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 141stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 146thLargest Agricultural Sector: 149thHighest Economic Output: 226thSmartest Citizens: 283rdLowest Crime Rates: 308thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 512thLargest Gambling Industry: 653rdMost Advanced Public Education: 1,132ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,505thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 2,029thMost Efficient Economies: 3,150thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,523rdMost Stationary: 5,032ndMost Pro-Market: 7,193rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7,320thTop
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8,962ndMost Influential: 10,163rdHighest Poor Incomes: 12,113thHighest Drug Use: 15,199thLargest Populations: 15,420th
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, on graduation day the hats thrown in the air fly high enough to stun passing pigeons.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the Treasury and Finance Ministry have been outsourced.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the government props up questionable pizza establishments in the name of health.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, robotic spouses prove to be just as imperfect as flesh and blood ones.
  • : The Dark System was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Drug Use.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, schoolyard sandboxes resemble ashtrays due to the large number of cigarette butts.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, advertisers scramble to sponsor the broadcast of Master Economist's most personal functions.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, eight-year-olds can be seen lighting up in public areas.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the state funds the recreational drug habits of every citizen.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, high-tech infantry rifles automatically reload when the soldier shoots outside the screen of their helmet HUD.

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