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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 903rdHighest Crime Rates: 981stRudest Citizens: 1,158th
The Zombie Enclave of
Anarchy
Death is the beginning of the Hunger
The Insatiable
Influence
Eminence Grise
Horde Whisperer
Civil Rights
Frightening
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Corrupted

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Blight-Bane

Population9.696 billion

CapitalThe Morgue
LeaderThe Insatiable
FaithContagious Zombism

Currencypickled brain
Animalharvested brain

The Zombie Enclave of Blight-Bane is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by The Insatiable with a fair hand, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, pith helmet sales, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 9.696 billion peckish zombies live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Industry, with Defense and Education also on the agenda, while Law & Order and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Morgue. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 2.3%.

The frighteningly efficient undead economy, worth a remarkable 1,647 trillion pickled brains 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 Soda Sales, Gambling, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 169,911 pickled brains, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,121,011 per year while the poor average 9,974, a ratio of 112 to 1.

People reciting Shakespeare have become a common sight, anti-government political posters adorn every building like wallpaper, college students make ends meet by selling their kidneys, and Harvested Brain is one of the most popular forenames in Blight-Bane. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Blight-Bane's national animal is the harvested brain, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Contagious Zombism.

Blight-Bane is ranked 108,244th in the world and 1st in The Zombie Factory for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 1,436.75 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 903rdHighest Crime Rates: 981stRudest Citizens: 1,158thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,222ndHighest Drug Use: 1,365thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,480thMost Politically Free: 1,585thMost Armed: 1,609thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,618thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,675thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,678thFattest Citizens: 1,711thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,283rdMost Extreme: 2,322ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,399thTop
5%
Most Rebellious Youth: 2,707thMost Avoided: 2,942ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3,519thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,153rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,625thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,880thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,026thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,377thMost Cultured: 7,455thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,746thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,869thMost Efficient Economies: 7,870thLargest Mining Sector: 8,218thNudest: 9,672ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,859thHighest Average Incomes: 10,303rdHighest Economic Output: 10,365thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,737thLargest Retail Industry: 11,414thTop
10%
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 13,882ndMost Pro-Market: 15,566thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,763rdSmartest Citizens: 22,056th
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Most Secular: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Blight-Bane, Harvested Brain is one of the most popular forenames in Blight-Bane.
  • : Blight-Bane's influence in The Zombie Factory rose from "Enforcer" to "Eminence Grise".
  • : Blight-Bane was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Disposable Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Blight-Bane, college students make ends meet by selling their kidneys.
  • : Blight-Bane was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : Following new legislation in Blight-Bane, anti-government political posters adorn every building like wallpaper.
  • : Following new legislation in Blight-Bane, people reciting Shakespeare have become a common sight.
  • : Blight-Bane's influence in The Zombie Factory fell from "Eminence Grise" to "Enforcer".
  • : Blight-Bane's influence in The Zombie Factory fell from "Hermit" to "Eminence Grise".
  • : Blight-Bane was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Smartest Citizens.

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