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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 32nd Most Armed: 33rd Highest Crime Rates: 38th
The Megalopolis Corporatocracy of
Compulsory Consumerist State
To Take and Master
Influence
Nipper
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Matofali

Population5.845 billion

CapitalTar Rock
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 renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, unlimited-speed roads, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.845 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. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Matofalian economy, worth a remarkable 2,476 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 423,778 Mato Points, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,108,807 per year while the poor average 2,108, a ratio of 1,948 to 1.

The government nonchalantly sells old nukes to other countries, a firework a day does not in fact keep the doctor away, vitriolic divorce proceedings have become prime-time television, and many whiskies taste suspiciously like automobile radiators. 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 15,298th in the world and 1,415th in The North Pacific for Most Influential, scoring 1,961 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 32ndMost Armed: 33rdHighest Crime Rates: 38thLargest Gambling Industry: 45thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 47thFattest Citizens: 63rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 68thLargest Retail Industry: 69thMost Avoided: 94thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 98thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 140thRudest Citizens: 166thHighest Disposable Incomes: 188thMost Corrupt Governments: 200thMost Ignorant Citizens: 205thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 241stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 256thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 377thHighest Average Incomes: 457thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 465thMost Rebellious Youth: 477thLargest Insurance Industry: 504thLargest Mining Sector: 632ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 664thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,119thMost Devout: 1,122ndTop
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Most Pro-Market: 1,721stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,722ndHighest Economic Output: 4,556thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,000thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5,718thMost Efficient Economies: 7,017thHighest Drug Use: 7,816thTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 9,221stMost Subsidized Industry: 10,165thLargest Black Market: 11,980thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,187thMost Influential: 15,298th
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Highest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 4th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionRudest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 9th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 11th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 16th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 29th in the regionMost Devout: 49th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 49th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 119th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 210th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 243rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 286th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 293rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 325th in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 470th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 500th in the regionLargest Populations: 728th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 756th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Matofali was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Drug Use.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, many whiskies taste suspiciously like automobile radiators.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, vitriolic divorce proceedings have become prime-time television.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, a firework a day does not in fact keep the doctor away.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, the government nonchalantly sells old nukes to other countries.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, mournful opera fans place bouquets of roses at a 3000 capacity parking lot.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, retail stores offer sales every hour on the hour.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, streakers swamp all public events in order to bare it all.
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, citizens are less concerned with policy and more concerned with whether politicians "call 'em like they see 'em".
  • : Following new legislation in Matofali, street gangs rule most of the nation's major cities.

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