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Most Armed: 30thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 32ndLargest Gambling Industry: 32nd
The Megalopolis Corporatocracy of
Compulsory Consumerist State
To Take and Master
Influence
Nipper
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Matofali

Population9.569 billion

CapitalTar Rock Arcology 01
LeaderPresident Jacob Sweetwater
FaithCorporatism

CurrencyMato Point
AnimalRope Hawk

The Megalopolis Corporatocracy of Matofali is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by President Jacob Sweetwater with an iron fist, and notable for its infamous sell-swords, enslaved workforce, and disturbing lack of elderly people. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 9.569 billion Matofalians 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 Industry, Defense, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tar Rock Arcology 01. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Matofalian economy, worth a remarkable 4,299 trillion Mato Points a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Arms Manufacturing, and Soda Sales. Average income is an amazing 449,312 Mato Points, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,205,328 per year while the poor average 4,082, a ratio of 1,030 to 1.

Wait staff claim to like it when odorous customers flirt with them, reports of arson have doubled since the introduction of a privatised fire protection service, vegetables are crisper thanks to CRISPR, and the barter economy has taken over as the Mato Point has become worthless. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Matofali's national animal is the Rope Hawk, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Corporatism.

Matofali is ranked 30th in the world and 1st in The North Pacific for Most Armed, with 102.39 Weapons Per Person.

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Most Armed: 30thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 32ndLargest Gambling Industry: 32ndHighest Crime Rates: 35thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 35thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 40thMost Avoided: 54thFattest Citizens: 56thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 71stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 73rdLargest Retail Industry: 90thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 117thRudest Citizens: 150thHighest Disposable Incomes: 169thMost Ignorant Citizens: 207thMost Corrupt Governments: 213thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 240thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 275thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 400thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 425thMost Rebellious Youth: 425thLargest Insurance Industry: 465thHighest Average Incomes: 512thMost Efficient Economies: 661stLargest Mining Sector: 677thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 920thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,063rdMost Devout: 1,133rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,386thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,699thMost Pro-Market: 1,746thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 2,761stMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,816thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9,159thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 11,893rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,751stLargest Black Market: 15,657thMost Influential: 16,528thLargest Governments: 19,744thHighest Drug Use: 20,374thLargest Information Technology Sector: 22,921st
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 6th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionRudest Citizens: 9th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 12th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 15th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 16th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 38th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 40th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 40th in the regionMost Devout: 46th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 59th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 74th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 78th in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 264th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 384th in the regionTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 478th in the regionLargest Black Market: 642nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 648th in the regionLargest Populations: 671st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 756th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, the barter economy has taken over as the Mato Point has become worthless.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, vegetables are crisper thanks to CRISPR.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, reports of arson have doubled since the introduction of a privatised fire protection service.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, wait staff claim to like it when odorous customers flirt with them.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, detrimental health conditions can be a political death sentence.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, the nation is cleaning up after a national night of celebration left most people with headaches and dim memories (Matofali has found 4 easter eggs).
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, patriotic citizens simply tend to applaud rather than sing the nation's praises.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, orthopaedics patients often have a bounce in their step.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, nose plugs are the latest Matofalian fashion accessory.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, foragers descend on national cemeteries for 'all-you-can-dig-up' extravaganzas.

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