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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 6th Highest Wealthy Incomes: 6th
The Burlesque Republic of
Compulsory Consumerist State
What do you want you Moon-Faced Assassin of Joy?
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 notable for its museums and concert halls, aversion to nipples, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 31.84 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 28,986 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 910,365 duckets, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,674,237 per year while the poor average 62,402, a ratio of 90.9 to 1.

Funerals are often rudely interrupted by juggling clowns shouting for volunteers from the audience, atheists on vacation find the pantheon of fifty deities's scriptures make useful doorstops, boys who even ask about cheerleading are placed on the Sex Offenders Register, and only the rich can afford the latest medical innovations. 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 45th in the world and 3rd in Wysteria for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector, scoring 107,083.32 on the Charon Conveyancy Index.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 5thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7thHighest Economic Output: 7thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8thMost Avoided: 9thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9thLargest Gambling Industry: 9thMost Armed: 10thHighest Average Incomes: 13thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 13thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 14thFattest Citizens: 18thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 20thLargest Insurance Industry: 25thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 28thHighest Crime Rates: 30thMost Scientifically Advanced: 31stRudest Citizens: 31stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 40thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 45thMost Cultured: 48thLargest Retail Industry: 54thLargest Mining Sector: 58thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 59thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 60thSmartest Citizens: 84thLargest Populations: 120thMost Devout: 126thLargest Agricultural Sector: 139thLargest Publishing Industry: 165thLargest Information Technology Sector: 231stMost Rebellious Youth: 332ndMost Stationary: 338thMost Corrupt Governments: 368thMost Efficient Economies: 1,154thTop
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Largest Black Market: 2,077thLargest Governments: 3,056thMost Influential: 4,012thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,544thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,926thMost Pro-Market: 8,278thTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 9,742ndHighest Drug Use: 15,098thNudest: 16,374th
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Largest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionTop
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Most Devout: 5th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 7th in the regionMost Stationary: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 8th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Centauri was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Nudest.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, only the rich can afford the latest medical innovations.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, boys who even ask about cheerleading are placed on the Sex Offenders Register.
  • : 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.

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