by Max Barry

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 4th Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 4th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 6th
The Burlesque Republic of
Compulsory Consumerist State
What do you want you Moon-Faced Assassin of Joy?
Regional Influence
Apprentice
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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The Burlesque Republic of The Centauri is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Emperor Jaffa with an iron fist, and remarkable for its ritual sacrifices, avant-garde cinema, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 31.312 billion Centauris 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 Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Centauri Prime. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Centaurian economy, worth an astonishing 28,505 trillion duckets 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 Information Technology, Gambling, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is a breathtaking 910,382 duckets, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,674,338 per year while the poor average 62,403, a ratio of 90.9 to 1.

Wealthy pranksters dump refuse on unsuspecting citizens from up high, fast-food chefs regularly win Health Innovation Awards for spitting on burgers, funerals are often rudely interrupted by juggling clowns shouting for volunteers from the audience, and atheists on vacation find the pantheon of fifty deities's scriptures make useful doorstops. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, probably because of the absence of a police force. The Centauri's national animal is the Narn, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is the pantheon of fifty deities.

The Centauri is ranked 6th in the world and 3rd in Wysteria for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 4,592.24 on the Hayek Index.

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 4thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6thHighest Economic Output: 7thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8thMost Avoided: 8thLargest Gambling Industry: 9thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9thMost Armed: 10thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 12thFattest Citizens: 12thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 13thHighest Average Incomes: 13thRudest Citizens: 16thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 18thLargest Insurance Industry: 23rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 25thHighest Crime Rates: 26thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 26thLargest Retail Industry: 39thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 39thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 42ndMost Cultured: 44thLargest Mining Sector: 55thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 58thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 59thSmartest Citizens: 78thMost Devout: 112thLargest Populations: 119thLargest Agricultural Sector: 125thLargest Publishing Industry: 165thLargest Information Technology Sector: 188thMost Rebellious Youth: 321stMost Corrupt Governments: 340thMost Stationary: 345thMost Efficient Economies: 1,170thTop
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Largest Black Market: 1,992ndLargest Governments: 3,113thMost Influential: 4,142ndMost Subsidized Industry: 5,546thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5,697thMost Pro-Market: 7,181stTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 9,894thHighest Drug Use: 14,268th
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionMost Stationary: 8th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 9th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 9th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 10th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, atheists on vacation find the pantheon of fifty deities's scriptures make useful doorstops.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, funerals are often rudely interrupted by juggling clowns shouting for volunteers from the audience.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, fast-food chefs regularly win Health Innovation Awards for spitting on burgers.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, wealthy pranksters dump refuse on unsuspecting citizens from up high.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, cubicles often double as graves as citizens literally work themselves to death.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, East Lebatuck tests its moon rovers in the barren wasteland of rural The Centauri.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, disadvantaged youths often commit felonies to enhance their educational prospects.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, many marriages go virtually unconsummated.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, the masses are surrendering their civil liberties without complaint for the sake of shopping convenience.

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