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, socially progressive nation, ruled by Emperor Jaffa with an iron fist, and notable for its zero percent divorce rate, smutty television, and flagrant waste-dumping. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 27.35 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 24,200 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 884,843 duckets, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 6,365,165 per year while the poor average 39,619, a ratio of 160 to 1.

Murderers frequently escape punishment by claiming they were protecting their honour, new urban roads are threatening city parks, the automotive industry soaks up huge government handouts, and The Centauri-made cars tend to catch fire in people's driveways. 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 36th in Wysteria and 29,355th in the world for Most Extreme, scoring 25 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, The Centauri-made cars tend to catch fire in people's driveways.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, the automotive industry soaks up huge government handouts.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, new urban roads are threatening city parks.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, murderers frequently escape punishment by claiming they were protecting their honour.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, reports of arson have doubled since the introduction of a privatised fire protection service.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Centauri Prime Times is sold out.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, fancy dress parties are raided by military police for new recruits.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, the government's religious works are headed by a New Age guru.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, morning coffees are no longer the same since the disappearance of newspapers.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates.

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