by Max Barry

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 574thLargest Retail Industry: 912thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 955th
The Imperatum of
Corporate Police State
You are nothing.
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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The Very Dark Place

Population1.681 billion

CapitalNeu Bösehaven
LeaderImperator Viktor Arcen

AnimalImperial Hawk

The Imperatum of The Very Dark Place is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Imperator Viktor Arcen with an iron fist, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, strictly enforced bedtime, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 1.681 billion imperials are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Industry, Law & Order, and Administration are also considered important, while Social Policy and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Neu Bösehaven. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 36.0%.

The frighteningly efficient imperial economy, worth 403 trillion Axes a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Gambling. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 240,182 Axes, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,969,145 per year while the poor average 6,213, a ratio of 316 to 1.

The children of The Very Dark Place are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence, only the wealthy can afford monorail fares, the mood of raunchy movies is often ruined by the sound of babies crying, and inheritance tax has recently been abolished. Crime is a problem, possibly because it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many regulations. The Very Dark Place's national animal is the Imperial Hawk, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Kränterism.

The Very Dark Place is ranked 30,835th in the world and 15th in Confederation of Corrupt Dictators for Highest Drug Use, scoring 101 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

Highest Wealthy Incomes: 574thLargest Retail Industry: 912thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 955thMost Armed: 1,700thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,045thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,127thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,405thTop
Most Avoided: 2,460thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,721stHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,768thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,876thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,068thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,807thHighest Average Incomes: 3,907thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,945thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,626thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,765thRudest Citizens: 5,026thLargest Mining Sector: 5,163rdMost Efficient Economies: 5,263rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,813thFattest Citizens: 6,199thLargest Black Market: 6,855thMost Influential: 6,872ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7,785thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,794thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,694thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 11,117thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,347thTop
Most Conservative: 12,547thLargest Agricultural Sector: 14,104thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,860thLargest Governments: 17,099thMost Scientifically Advanced: 18,105thMost Cultured: 20,971stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 22,200th
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 6th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 10th in the regionMost Armed: 11th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 15th in the regionTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 20th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 21st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 24th in the regionRudest Citizens: 24th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 25th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 27th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 27th in the regionMost Avoided: 28th in the region

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