by Max Barry

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Largest Black Market: 162nd Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 372nd Largest Retail Industry: 601st
The Vampire Syndicate of
Father Knows Best State
Sex & Violence
Methuselah Ţepeș
Regional Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

Overview People Government Economy Rank Trend

The Vampire Syndicate of Black Ivars is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Methuselah Ţepeș with an iron fist, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, enslaved workforce, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 27.183 billion Nosferatus 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 medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Industry, Healthcare, and Education also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Crypt. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 41.6%.

The frighteningly efficient undead economy, worth a remarkable 5,935 trillion blood litres a year, is dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 218,343 blood litres, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 681,516 per year while the poor average 53,710, a ratio of 12.7 to 1.

Wealthy pranksters dump refuse on unsuspecting citizens from up high, policemen regularly conduct midnight raids on closed donut shops to 'collect evidence', census workers are having a hard time figuring out who is actually living in Black Ivars after the ban on emigration was lifted, and the nation has always been at war with Bigtopia. Crime is pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Black Ivars's national animal is the bat, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is necromancy.

Black Ivars is ranked 143,340th in the world and 5,702nd in the South Pacific for Healthiest Citizens, with 0.55 Bananas Ingested Per Day.

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Largest Black Market: 162ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 372ndLargest Retail Industry: 601stHighest Economic Output: 723rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 868thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 945thLargest Populations: 1,327thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,400thTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 1,696thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,200thHighest Crime Rates: 2,279thMost Efficient Economies: 2,467thMost Armed: 2,876thRudest Citizens: 2,893rdMost Avoided: 2,908thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,387thHighest Average Incomes: 3,437thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,466thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,373rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,387thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,525thMost Influential: 7,266thTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,989thSmartest Citizens: 11,855thLargest Governments: 13,392nd
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Largest Black Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Populations: 15th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 20th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 24th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 26th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 27th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 47th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 49th in the regionTop
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Most Avoided: 62nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 66th in the regionMost Armed: 68th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 68th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 77th in the regionRudest Citizens: 82nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 148th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 149th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 154th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 208th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 317th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 317th in the regionMost Influential: 317th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 425th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 513th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Black Ivars, the nation has always been at war with Bigtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in Black Ivars, census workers are having a hard time figuring out who is actually living in Black Ivars after the ban on emigration was lifted.
  • : Following new legislation in Black Ivars, policemen regularly conduct midnight raids on closed donut shops to 'collect evidence'.
  • : Following new legislation in Black Ivars, wealthy pranksters dump refuse on unsuspecting citizens from up high.
  • : Following new legislation in Black Ivars, swings are banned for being a danger to children.
  • : Following new legislation in Black Ivars, cancer rates amongst the richest in society are inexplicably on the rise.
  • : Following new legislation in Black Ivars, the booming slave trade is now government-funded.
  • : Following new legislation in Black Ivars, meat prices are soaring as the farming industry struggle under government imposed restrictions.
  • : Following new legislation in Black Ivars, the family summer vacation has become a thing of the past following the introduction of the year-round school year.
  • : Black Ivars was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes and the Top 10% for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.

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