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

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The Centauri

Population42.296 billion

CapitalCentauri Prime
LeaderEmperor Jaffa
Faiththe pantheon of fifty deities

Currencyducket
AnimalNarn

The Burlesque Republic of The Centauri is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Jaffa with an iron fist, and notable for its frequent executions, absence of drug laws, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 42.296 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 39,009 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 922,293 duckets, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 8,639,923 per year while the poor average 8,281, a ratio of 1,043 to 1.

Citizens complain about a burning sensation after bathing, the ongoing space elevator construction project has elevated the national debt to all new levels, cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high, and Centaurian farm salmon are known for being both horribly diseased and remarkably acrobatic. 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 188th in the world and 1st in Babylon 5 for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 56,884.44 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 6thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7thHighest Disposable Incomes: 8thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9thHighest Economic Output: 9thMost Armed: 14thLargest Gambling Industry: 17thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 21stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 21stHighest Average Incomes: 22ndLargest Insurance Industry: 26thMost Avoided: 30thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 31stMost Efficient Economies: 36thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 38thHighest Crime Rates: 39thFattest Citizens: 40thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 52ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 54thLargest Agricultural Sector: 60thLargest Mining Sector: 66thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 68thLargest Populations: 87thMost Scientifically Advanced: 102ndMost Cultured: 148thLargest Publishing Industry: 188thRudest Citizens: 225thSmartest Citizens: 276thMost Devout: 290thMost Rebellious Youth: 335thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 373rdLargest Retail Industry: 556thMost Corrupt Governments: 855thLargest Information Technology Sector: 911thTop
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Largest Governments: 4,302ndLargest Black Market: 5,700thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,156thMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,340thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 10,007thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11,700thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 18,487thMost Pro-Market: 24,680th
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Most Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the region

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