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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1stLargest Retail Industry: 1stHighest Average Incomes: 2nd
The Mafia Economic Extremist of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Money, Power, Respect!
Influence
Powerbroker
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Dark System

Population15.33 billion

CapitalThe Dark System Main Command Centre
LeaderMaster Economist

CurrencyDollar
AnimalMonster

The Mafia Economic Extremist of The Dark System is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Master Economist with an iron fist, and notable for its closed borders, enslaved workforce, and ritual sacrifices. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 15.33 billion Dark Systems 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 relatively small, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Dark System Main Command Centre. The average income tax rate is 99.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Dark System economy, worth an astonishing 18,341 trillion Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Average income is a breathtaking 1,196,474 Dollars, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 11,198,621 per year while the poor average 10,867, a ratio of 1,030 to 1.

The government is a law unto itself, Master Economist's peyote-induced "let's all just be friends" speech is trending world-wide, it is said that a Dark System woman's work is never done, and urban high-volume mailers now receive their mail via chauffeur-driven limousines. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Dark System's national animal is the Monster, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

The Dark System is ranked 78th in the world and 1st in The Axis of Evil for Rudest Citizens, with 871.04 Insults Per Minute.

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1stLargest Retail Industry: 1stHighest Average Incomes: 2ndMost Subsidized Industry: 2ndMost Efficient Economies: 2ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 9thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 11thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 18thMost Corrupt Governments: 22ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 24thLargest Black Market: 27thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 27thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 30thLargest Agricultural Sector: 31stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 32ndLargest Insurance Industry: 33rdFattest Citizens: 33rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 35thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 38thLargest Mining Sector: 43rdMost Avoided: 45thLargest Governments: 46thLargest Information Technology Sector: 64thRudest Citizens: 78thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 84thMost Secular: 95thHighest Economic Output: 97thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 111thSmartest Citizens: 152ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 156thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 191stMost Armed: 202ndLargest Gambling Industry: 219thLowest Crime Rates: 555thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 579thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 771stMost Advanced Public Education: 943rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,189thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,256thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,848thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,314thMost Stationary: 4,187thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,004thMost Influential: 9,922ndTop
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Largest Populations: 13,315thMost Pro-Market: 14,170thHighest Drug Use: 21,265th
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, urban high-volume mailers now receive their mail via chauffeur-driven limousines.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, it is said that a Dark System woman's work is never done.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, Master Economist's peyote-induced "let's all just be friends" speech is trending world-wide.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the government is a law unto itself.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, a faint smell of body odour can be detected at several miles' distance from the National Science Park.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, for just a few extra Dollars Dark Systems can get new driving records with their new cars.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, the government only invests in infrastructure after a natural disaster.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, there's a mortuary next to every Dark System restaurant.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, anti-vaxxers claim that injected children are prone to psychotic breaks when they see the 'Queen of Diamonds' playing card.
  • : Following new legislation in The Dark System, glittering new sports stadiums adorn every city and town.

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