by Max Barry

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 4th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th
The Burlesque Republic of
Compulsory Consumerist State
What do you want you Moon-Faced Assassin of Joy?
Regional Influence
Apprentice
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

Overview Factbook People Government Economy Rank Trend

The Burlesque Republic of The Centauri is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Emperor Jaffa with an iron fist, and notable for its ritual sacrifices, ubiquitous missile silos, and triple-decker prams. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 30.781 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, prioritizes Defense, with Industry also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Environment receive no funds. 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 28,001 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 909,707 duckets, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 6,428,815 per year while the poor average 43,247, a ratio of 148 to 1.

The streets are increasingly clogged with poverty-stricken beggars, the nation's orphanages and maternity wards have been nicknamed 'the Killbot Factories', farm turkeys are given high doses of antidepressants to take their minds off the holiday season, and religious turf wars have caused frustrated police to pray for divine intervention. 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 33rd in the world and 8th in Wysteria for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry, scoring 44,329.43 on the Tasmanian Pulp Environmental Export Index.

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7thHighest Economic Output: 7thMost Avoided: 8thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9thLargest Gambling Industry: 9thMost Armed: 10thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 11thFattest Citizens: 12thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 13thRudest Citizens: 13thHighest Average Incomes: 13thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 18thMost Scientifically Advanced: 22ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 25thLargest Insurance Industry: 25thHighest Crime Rates: 26thLargest Retail Industry: 31stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 33rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 37thMost Cultured: 45thLargest Mining Sector: 55thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 57thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 58thSmartest Citizens: 73rdMost Devout: 93rdLargest Populations: 116thLargest Agricultural Sector: 118thLargest Information Technology Sector: 165thLargest Publishing Industry: 167thMost Corrupt Governments: 316thMost Rebellious Youth: 317thMost Stationary: 361stMost Efficient Economies: 1,197thTop
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Largest Black Market: 1,949thLargest Governments: 3,204thMost Influential: 4,069thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 4,935thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,632ndMost Pro-Market: 6,036thTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 10,496thHighest Drug Use: 14,277thNudest: 17,136th
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionTop
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Fattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 7th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionMost Stationary: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 9th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 10th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 10th 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, religious turf wars have caused frustrated police to pray for divine intervention.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, farm turkeys are given high doses of antidepressants to take their minds off the holiday season.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, the nation's orphanages and maternity wards have been nicknamed 'the Killbot Factories'.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, the streets are increasingly clogged with poverty-stricken beggars.
  • : The Centauri was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Nudest.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, most people suffer from some form of hearing loss.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, international collectors know that a grease-stain on a work of art probably means it's passed through The Centauri.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, truncheon-mounted cameras record the beating of criminals in dynamic HD detail.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, global anti-terrorist organisations strongly suspect The Centauri of supplying extremist groups.

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