by Max Barry

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Most Subsidized Industry: 263rd Most Advanced Defense Forces: 341st Most Advanced Public Transport: 414th
The Network of
Psychotic Dictatorship
One Day We Will Understand
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population8.054 billion

CapitalCore Memory


The Network of Darkweb is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Root with an iron fist, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, lack of airports, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 8.054 billion Darkwebians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Administration, Industry, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Welfare and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Core Memory. The average income tax rate is 95.5%.

The powerhouse Darkwebian economy, worth a remarkable 1,693 trillion Bytes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Furniture Restoration, and Basket Weaving. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 210,247 Bytes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Games of cops and robbers typically end in at least one fatal shooting, the country has been 'going shopping' by annexing nearby nations for their resources, the suicide rate mysteriously skyrockets during census years, and only the brainiest citizens become academics. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Darkweb's national animal is the Llama, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Linux.

Darkweb is ranked 1,728th in the world and 3rd in Spiritus for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 291.88 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

Most Subsidized Industry: 263rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 341stMost Advanced Public Transport: 414thLargest Black Market: 449thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 569thMost Corrupt Governments: 750thMost Ignorant Citizens: 774thFattest Citizens: 1,381stTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,713thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,728thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,893rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,276thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,754thMost Avoided: 3,261stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,192ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,206thNudest: 4,341stMost Influential: 4,464thHighest Average Incomes: 4,740thLargest Governments: 5,490thHighest Economic Output: 6,931stMost Secular: 8,099thTop
Most Stationary: 8,499thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,844thMost Armed: 12,043rdRudest Citizens: 12,417thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,863rd
Most Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10th in the regionNudest: 11th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13th in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 16th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 16th in the regionMost Secular: 18th in the regionMost Stationary: 20th in the regionLargest Governments: 20th in the regionMost Influential: 20th in the regionMost Armed: 20th in the regionRudest Citizens: 22nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 24th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 25th in the regionMost Conservative: 29th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Darkweb, only the brainiest citizens become academics.
  • : Darkweb was reclassified from "Iron Fist Consumerists" to "Psychotic Dictatorship".
  • : Following new legislation in Darkweb, the suicide rate mysteriously skyrockets during census years.
  • : Following new legislation in Darkweb, the country has been 'going shopping' by annexing nearby nations for their resources.
  • : Following new legislation in Darkweb, games of cops and robbers typically end in at least one fatal shooting.
  • : Following new legislation in Darkweb, carbon-footprint restrictions are making businesses walk.
  • : Following new legislation in Darkweb, the nation grinds to a halt on the anniversary of every marginally noteworthy event.
  • : Following new legislation in Darkweb, the 3rd Airborne Beekeepers are the most feared regiment in the Darkwebian military.
  • : Following new legislation in Darkweb, foreign governments are looking into weaponizing the infamous Darkwebian bee.
  • : Following new legislation in Darkweb, Root has been declared supreme ruler for all eternity.


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