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The Burlesque Republic of The Centauri

“What do you want you Moon-Faced Assassin of Joy?”

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

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Wysteria

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The Burlesque Republic of The Centauri is a gargantuan, devout nation, ruled by Emperor Jaffa with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 24.933 billion The Centaurians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, corrupt, pro-business individuals juggles the competing demands of Defence, Commerce, and Education. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Centauri Prime. Income tax is unheard of. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Automobile Manufacturing industries.

The colors pink and purple are banned from military unit insignia, fancy dress parties are raided by military police for new recruits, the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Centauri Prime Times is sold out, and retail stores offer sales every hour on the hour. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is crippling. The Centauri's national animal is the Narn, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, its national religion is the pantheon of fifty deities, and its currency is the ducket.

The Centauri is ranked 78th in Wysteria and 68,370th in the world for Most Authoritarian, with 0.227 Stalins.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 10 hours ago

  • 9 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Centauri, retail stores offer sales every hour on the hour.
  • 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, fancy dress parties are raided by military police for new recruits.
  • 9 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Centauri, the colors pink and purple are banned from military unit insignia.
  • 9 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Centauri, most of the military's funding goes into researching space-age weaponry.
  • 2 days 21 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Centauri, movies and computer games are strictly censored for violence.
  • 2 days 21 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Centauri, graffiti artists spend lengthy periods of time in jail.
  • 2 days 21 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Centauri, reporters often lose their jobs over fact-checking errors.
  • 2 days 21 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Centauri, strange lights seen in the sky are officially regarded as weather balloons or hoaxes and nothing else.
  • 2 days 21 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Centauri, pristine wilderness has been trashed in the quest for cheaper oil.

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