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Largest Populations: 1,148thMost Ignorant Citizens: 2,120thMost Stationary: 3,953rd
The Dark Principality of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Red Death from Black Shadows
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Black Shadows

Population32.93 billion

LeaderPrince Sethanis Tan'it
FaithReformed Druids

Currencytopaz ring
Animalleopard

The Dark Principality of Black Shadows is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Prince Sethanis Tan'it with an iron fist, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, flagrant waste-dumping, and hatred of cheese. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 32.93 billion Black Shadows are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Law & Order. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 30.3%.

The thriving Black Shadowsian economy, worth a remarkable 1,495 trillion topaz rings a year, is quite specialized and led by the Uranium Mining industry, with major contributions from Retail, Gambling, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 45,415 topaz rings, with the richest citizens earning 6.5 times as much as the poorest.

The military patrols the streets in search of possible secessionists, late night adverts for breast milk co-ops regularly win pornography industry awards, children are expected to carve their own toys, and leopard sanctuaries have been taken over by hydraulic fracturing sites. Crime, especially youth-related, is relatively low, thanks to a very well-funded police force. Black Shadows's national animal is the leopard, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Reformed Druids.

Black Shadows is ranked 177,120th in the world and 99th in Mercenary Lands for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring -12.39 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

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Largest Populations: 1,148thTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 2,120thMost Stationary: 3,953rdLargest Black Market: 6,323rdLargest Mining Sector: 6,504thMost Avoided: 7,342ndMost Influential: 7,588thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,705thHighest Economic Output: 10,042ndLargest Retail Industry: 11,846thMost Conservative: 12,890thMost Corrupt Governments: 15,646th
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Most Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9th in the regionFattest Citizens: 9th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 9th in the region

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