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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 4th Highest Wealthy Incomes: 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

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The Burlesque Republic of The Centauri is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Jaffa with an iron fist, and notable for its deadly medical pandemics, triple-decker prams, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 30.57 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, although Industry is also considered important, while Social Policy and Environment aren't funded at all. 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 27,805 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 909,582 duckets, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 6,005,037 per year while the poor average 53,297, a ratio of 112 to 1.

Global anti-terrorist organisations strongly suspect The Centauri of supplying extremist groups, truncheon-mounted cameras record the beating of criminals in dynamic HD detail, international collectors know that a grease-stain on a work of art probably means it's passed through The Centauri, and most people suffer from some form of hearing loss. 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 58th in the world and 4th in Wysteria for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 20,187.09 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 4thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5thHighest Economic Output: 7thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7thMost Avoided: 8thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9thMost Armed: 10thLargest Gambling Industry: 10thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 12thFattest Citizens: 12thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 13thHighest Average Incomes: 13thRudest Citizens: 14thMost Scientifically Advanced: 18thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 18thLargest Insurance Industry: 23rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 26thHighest Crime Rates: 27thLargest Retail Industry: 31stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 32ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 33rdMost Cultured: 44thLargest Mining Sector: 52ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 55thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 58thSmartest Citizens: 70thMost Devout: 88thLargest Populations: 115thLargest Agricultural Sector: 116thLargest Information Technology Sector: 142ndLargest Publishing Industry: 166thMost Corrupt Governments: 302ndMost Rebellious Youth: 316thMost Stationary: 377thMost Efficient Economies: 1,196thTop
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Largest Black Market: 1,940thLargest Governments: 3,200thMost Influential: 3,982ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5,397thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,813thMost Pro-Market: 6,924thTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 10,783rdHighest Drug Use: 13,940th
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8th in the regionMost Stationary: 8th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 9th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 10th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 11th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 11th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : 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.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, schoolyard sandboxes resemble ashtrays due to the large number of cigarette butts.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, the clergy of the pantheon of fifty deities remains a single-sex institution.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, the credibility of anti-government demagogues is undermined by government claims that they smell like poo.
  • : The Centauri was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Nudest and Highest Drug Use.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, the nation's interest in space is at an all-time high while interest in saving the planet is at an all-time low.
  • : Following new legislation in The Centauri, crowded passenger trains are near-silent save for the soft tap of fingers on touchscreens.

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