The Brotherhood of
Father Knows Best State
Peace Through Power
Regional Influence
Power
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Few

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The Brotherhood of Black Hand is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Kane with an iron fist, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, state-planned economy, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 6.169 billion Black Handians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Temple Prime. The average income tax rate is 72.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Black Handian economy, worth 478 trillion Tiberiums a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, highly specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, Uranium Mining, and Gambling. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 77,578 Tiberiums, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government is seen to favor Catholics, children as young as twelve are conscripted into the armed forces, immigrants flood the job queues as discrimination in the workplace makes a staggering comeback, and politicians constantly ring their voters to remind them how good a job they're doing. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Black Hand's national animal is the Scorpion, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Brotherhood Of Nod.

Black Hand is ranked 3rd in Cydonia and 106,525th in the world for Most Primitive, scoring -136 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 14 days ago

  • 21 days ago: Black Hand was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates (last census: Top 5%).
  • 23 days ago: Black Hand was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.
  • 58 days ago: Black Hand's influence in Cydonia rose from "Powerbroker" to "Power".
  • 94 days ago: Black Hand's influence in Cydonia fell from "Power" to "Powerbroker".
  • 96 days ago: Black Hand's influence in Cydonia rose from "Powerbroker" to "Power".
  • 109 days ago: Black Hand's influence in Cydonia rose from "Eminence Grise" to "Powerbroker".
  • 111 days ago: Black Hand's influence in Cydonia fell from "Powerbroker" to "Eminence Grise".
  • 140 days ago: Black Hand's influence in Cydonia rose from "Eminence Grise" to "Powerbroker".
  • 162 days ago: Black Hand's influence in Cydonia rose from "Enforcer" to "Eminence Grise".
  • 165 days ago: Black Hand's influence in Cydonia rose from "Dealmaker" to "Enforcer".

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