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Most Avoided: 4,085thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,597thFattest Citizens: 4,859th
The Empire of
Corporate Police State
Time is Money
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Few

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Sunless Sky

Population2.478 billion

CapitalLondon
LeaderHer Renewed Majesty

CurrencySovereign
Animalbat

The Empire of Sunless Sky is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Her Renewed Majesty with an iron fist, and renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, compulsory military service, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 2.478 billion Sunlesses 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 tiny, corrupt, pro-business government is dominated by the Department of Defense, although Law & Order, Industry, and Education are also considered important, while Environment and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of London. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.0%.

The all-consuming Sunless economy, worth 291 trillion Sovereigns 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, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is an impressive 117,691 Sovereigns, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 550,601 per year while the poor average 15,028, a ratio of 36.6 to 1.

Pro-democracy regime change has been avoided, women who can do math in their head are burned for witchcraft, war criminals are given full state funerals, and the government loves seeing the little people fight. Crime is a serious problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Sunless Sky's national animal is the bat, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Sunless Sky is ranked 4,085th in the world and 238th in Lazarus for Most Avoided, scoring 555.65 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

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Most Avoided: 4,085thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,597thFattest Citizens: 4,859thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4,914thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,964thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,018thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,156thLargest Retail Industry: 6,040thLargest Mining Sector: 7,409thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,425thTop
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Most Armed: 13,342ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 13,512thMost Secular: 13,543rdMost Corrupt Governments: 13,560thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13,914thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14,731stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 18,456thLargest Insurance Industry: 20,454th
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Most Avoided: 238th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 270th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 273rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 276th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 283rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 297th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 303rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 336th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 371st in the regionTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 456th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 515th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 538th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 598th in the regionMost Armed: 618th in the regionMost Secular: 731st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 752nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 755th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 765th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Sunless Sky's influence in Lazarus rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Sunless Sky was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Insurance Industry and Highest Crime Rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, the government loves seeing the little people fight.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, war criminals are given full state funerals.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, women who can do math in their head are burned for witchcraft.
  • : Sunless Sky was reclassified from "Compulsory Consumerist State" to "Corporate Police State".
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, pro-democracy regime change has been avoided.
  • : Following new legislation in Sunless Sky, the army's use of chemical weapons leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
  • : Sunless Sky was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Crime Rates.
  • : Sunless Sky was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Soda Pop Sector.

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