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Highest Economic Output: 346thLargest Insurance Industry: 437thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 441st
The Incorporated Republic of
Corporate Police State
Pax Verbiscum
Influence
Squire
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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BlackandGold

Population39.642 billion

CapitalWhitefall
LeaderThe Board of Directors

CurrencyDollar
AnimalTasmanian devil

The Incorporated Republic of BlackandGold is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by The Board of Directors with an iron fist, and renowned for its prohibition of alcohol, free-roaming dinosaurs, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 39.642 billion Vinlandians 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 tiny, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Whitefall. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient BlackandGoldian economy, worth an astonishing 12,888 trillion Dollars 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 Uranium Mining, Information Technology, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 325,111 Dollars, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,696,562 per year while the poor average 33,535, a ratio of 50.6 to 1.

Birdsong in the mountains has to be loud enough to drown out nearby jackhammers, athletic teenagers are among the wealthiest members of society, the only way to escape lengthy prison terms is in a body bag, and social care for the elderly consists of a self help leaflet and a kick on the backside. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force. BlackandGold's national animal is the Tasmanian devil, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

BlackandGold is ranked 38,533rd in the world and 80th in Yggdrasil for Most Subsidized Industry, scoring 3,549.48 on the Gilded Widget Scale.

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Highest Economic Output: 346thLargest Insurance Industry: 437thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 441stHighest Disposable Incomes: 554thLargest Mining Sector: 644thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 663rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 804thLargest Populations: 813thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 838thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,013thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,027thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,187thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,211thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,445thHighest Average Incomes: 1,842ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,089thMost Armed: 2,143rdLowest Crime Rates: 2,177thSafest: 2,561stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,614thTop
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Fattest Citizens: 2,807thLargest Retail Industry: 3,055thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,209thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,530thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,694thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,312thMost Efficient Economies: 5,530thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5,619thMost Avoided: 5,688thMost Patriotic: 5,842ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,521stMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,259thLargest Governments: 8,261stRudest Citizens: 9,810thSmartest Citizens: 11,037thMost Influential: 11,645thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,874thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 14,322ndMost Conservative: 14,382ndMost Secular: 15,337thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 21,377thMost Developed: 22,086th
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Largest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7th in the regionMost Armed: 8th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 9th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 9th in the regionFattest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Conservative: 10th in the regionSafest: 10th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 12th in the regionMost Avoided: 12th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 13th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 14th in the regionMost Patriotic: 14th in the regionMost Extreme: 14th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 16th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 20th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : BlackandGold was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : BlackandGold was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Following new legislation in BlackandGold, social care for the elderly consists of a self help leaflet and a kick on the backside.
  • : Following new legislation in BlackandGold, the only way to escape lengthy prison terms is in a body bag.
  • : Following new legislation in BlackandGold, athletic teenagers are among the wealthiest members of society.
  • : Following new legislation in BlackandGold, birdsong in the mountains has to be loud enough to drown out nearby jackhammers.
  • : Following new legislation in BlackandGold, little girls are in tears as The Board of Directors confiscates their pink princess ballgowns.
  • : BlackandGold's influence in Yggdrasil rose from "Hatchling" to "Squire".
  • : BlackandGold relocated from Balder to Yggdrasil.
  • : BlackandGold altered its national flag.

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