by Max Barry

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Most Armed: 30thLargest Gambling Industry: 35thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 35th
The Megalopolis Corporatocracy of
Compulsory Consumerist State
To Take and Master
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population8.021 billion

CapitalTar Rock Arcology 01
LeaderPresident Jacob Sweetwater

CurrencyMato Point
AnimalRope Hawk

The Megalopolis Corporatocracy of Matofali is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by President Jacob Sweetwater with an iron fist, and renowned for its disturbing lack of elderly people, free-roaming dinosaurs, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 8.021 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, well-organized 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 3,601 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 449,001 Mato Points, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,201,889 per year while the poor average 4,086, a ratio of 1,028 to 1.

Citizens are regularly found digging for treasure in their gardens, fraternities are notorious for drunken hooliganism, President Jacob Sweetwater is described as an everyday person with normal tastes and the usual interests, and cities are engulfed by smog. 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 219,481st in the world and 10,043rd in The North Pacific for Most Secular, with 0.95 Atheism Rate.

Most Armed: 30thLargest Gambling Industry: 35thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 35thHighest Crime Rates: 36thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 37thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 43rdFattest Citizens: 55thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 68thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 73rdLargest Retail Industry: 85thMost Avoided: 92ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 121stRudest Citizens: 170thHighest Disposable Incomes: 170thMost Ignorant Citizens: 192ndMost Corrupt Governments: 199thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 245thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 269thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 386thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 421stMost Rebellious Youth: 458thHighest Average Incomes: 466thLargest Insurance Industry: 478thMost Efficient Economies: 581stLargest Mining Sector: 644thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 827thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,017thMost Devout: 1,042ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,165thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,442ndMost Pro-Market: 1,707thTop
Highest Economic Output: 3,223rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,827thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,947thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 13,196thLargest Black Market: 14,045thMost Influential: 16,340thLargest Governments: 18,275thHighest Drug Use: 19,310th
Highest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 6th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionRudest Citizens: 9th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 12th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 13th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 17th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 18th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 28th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 36th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 42nd in the regionMost Devout: 45th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 52nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 73rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 99th in the regionTop
Highest Drug Use: 388th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 417th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 500th in the regionLargest Black Market: 502nd in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 641st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 717th in the regionMost Stationary: 723rd in the regionLargest Governments: 899th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 923rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, cities are engulfed by smog.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, President Jacob Sweetwater is described as an everyday person with normal tastes and the usual interests.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, fraternities are notorious for drunken hooliganism.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, citizens are regularly found digging for treasure in their gardens.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, citizens worry more about a split end than their deceased parent.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, the controversial show 'Who Wants to be an Immigrant?' has become wildly popular.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, the legislature keeps promising "more study" of corruption allegations against the parliamentary whip system.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, hit and run driving is no longer a crime - it's the national sport.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, new treatments are rejected if they cannot be explained using only one-syllable words.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, game show contestants scramble to fish trash out of the South Rope Hawk Sea.


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