The Burlesque Republic of
Compulsory Consumerist State
What do you want you Moon-Faced Assassin of Joy?
Regional Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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The Burlesque Republic of The Centauri is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Emperor Jaffa with an iron fist, and renowned for its public floggings, sprawling nuclear power plants, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 26.579 billion Centauris 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 Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Centauri Prime. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient The Centaurian economy, worth an astonishing 23,244 trillion duckets a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Automobile Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. Average income is a breathtaking 874,528 duckets, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,875,497 per year while the poor average 78,315, a ratio of 62.3 to 1.

Birds and children's kites are regularly brought down by anti-aircraft fire, airport security is provided by private companies, the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Centauri Prime Times is sold out, and wounded veterans can only get prosthetics if they agree to become walking billboards for the arms industry. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, probably because of the absence of a police force. The Centauri's national animal is the Narn, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is the pantheon of fifty deities.

The Centauri is ranked 150th in Wysteria and 140,535th in the world for Safest, scoring -4,272.372 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 11 hours ago

  • 9 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Centauri, wounded veterans can only get prosthetics if they agree to become walking billboards for the arms industry.
  • 9 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Centauri, the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Centauri Prime Times is sold out.
  • 9 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Centauri, airport security is provided by private companies.
  • 9 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Centauri, birds and children's kites are regularly brought down by anti-aircraft fire.
  • 3 days 9 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Centauri, the nation is weighing the price of victory following a nuclear strike.
  • 3 days 9 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Centauri, it's a common sight to see angry commuters with grenade launchers mounted on their vehicles.
  • 3 days 9 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Centauri, tourists outnumber citizens two to one.
  • 3 days 9 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Centauri, chalkboards are replaced with billboards in the classroom.
  • 3 days 9 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Centauri, murderers frequently escape punishment by claiming they were protecting their honour.
  • 6 days ago: Following new legislation in The Centauri, senior citizens can usually be found doing heavy manual labour.

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