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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 23rdLargest Gambling Industry: 34thMost Corrupt Governments: 35th
The Kingdom of
Corporate Police State
gold or lead
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Darkmen

Population13.467 billion

CapitalDarkmen City
Leaderagustus nero

Currencyhuman females
Animalrancors

The Kingdom of Darkmen is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by agustus nero with an iron fist, and remarkable for its zero percent divorce rate, flagrant waste-dumping, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 13.467 billion Darkmenians 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 minute, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Defense, although Industry and Law & Order are also considered important, while Environment and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Darkmen City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Darkmenian economy, worth a remarkable 6,993 trillion human femaleses 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 Retail, Gambling, and Uranium Mining. Average income is a breathtaking 519,291 human femaleses, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,863,698 per year while the poor average 4,674, a ratio of 1,040 to 1.

Cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high, the armed forces are locked in an expensive and bloody war abroad to stamp out possible terrorists, Maxtopians are both starving and giddy after the Darkmenian military unleashed its biological weapons, and military spending recently hit a new high. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Darkmen's national animal is the rancors, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Darkmen is ranked 21,369th in the world and 584th in the South Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring 79 on the Rand Index.

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 23rdLargest Gambling Industry: 34thMost Corrupt Governments: 35thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 46thMost Avoided: 49thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 50thMost Ignorant Citizens: 56thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 61stFattest Citizens: 66thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 67thLargest Retail Industry: 68thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 84thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 90thHighest Disposable Incomes: 97thLargest Insurance Industry: 99thMost Devout: 129thLargest Mining Sector: 134thLargest Agricultural Sector: 188thMost Primitive: 194thHighest Average Incomes: 252ndRudest Citizens: 400thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 494thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 562ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 574thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 584thMost Armed: 776thHighest Economic Output: 967thMost Efficient Economies: 1,063rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,109thTop
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Most Stationary: 4,953rdLargest Governments: 8,226thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,638thLargest Black Market: 10,087thTop
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Most Conservative: 10,640thMost Influential: 12,047thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 16,314thLargest Populations: 16,991stMost Subsidized Industry: 19,215th
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Most Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionMost Devout: 5th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Primitive: 10th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 15th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 17th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17th in the regionRudest Citizens: 20th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 22nd in the regionMost Armed: 22nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 32nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 46th in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 108th in the regionLargest Populations: 188th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 203rd in the regionLargest Governments: 216th in the regionLargest Black Market: 289th in the regionTop
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Most Conservative: 511th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 561st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 584th in the regionMost Extreme: 681st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Darkmen, military spending recently hit a new high.
  • : Following new legislation in Darkmen, Maxtopians are both starving and giddy after the Darkmenian military unleashed its biological weapons.
  • : Following new legislation in Darkmen, the armed forces are locked in an expensive and bloody war abroad to stamp out possible terrorists.
  • : Following new legislation in Darkmen, cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high.
  • : Following new legislation in Darkmen, universities are populated by the spawn of the upper classes.
  • : Following new legislation in Darkmen, the government is seen to favor traditionalist religions.
  • : Following new legislation in Darkmen, mouldy bread is served as an appetizer in many restaurants.
  • : Following new legislation in Darkmen, out-of-work basketball players loom over the unemployment line.
  • : Following new legislation in Darkmen, many Darkmenians are their brothers' keepers.
  • : Following new legislation in Darkmen, safe drinking water is considered a luxury.

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