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

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The Burlesque Republic of The Centauri is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Jaffa with an iron fist, and remarkable for its frequent executions, ritual sacrifices, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 26.974 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, well-organized 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 23,755 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 880,688 duckets, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,307,935 per year while the poor average 65,723, a ratio of 80.8 to 1.

The Hanging Gardens account for half of Centauri Prime's water use, a large percentage of the poor live from cradle to grave in subterranean wage slavery, the government is cracking down on subversive groups, and children are sent to either religious or secular schools. 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 8th in Wysteria and 216th in the world for Largest Public Sector, scoring 71 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 19 hours ago

  • 12 hours ago: The Centauri was reclassified from "Capitalist Paradise" to "Compulsory Consumerist State".
  • 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Centauri, children are sent to either religious or secular schools.
  • 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Centauri, the government is cracking down on subversive groups.
  • 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Centauri, a large percentage of the poor live from cradle to grave in subterranean wage slavery.
  • 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Centauri, the Hanging Gardens account for half of Centauri Prime's water use.
  • 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Centauri, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in The Centauri, conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in The Centauri, warfare increasingly resembles a video game.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in The Centauri, all telephone traffic is monitored for 'national security reasons'.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in The Centauri, students who refuse to pray are expelled from school.

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