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Most Valuable International Artwork: 848thMost Influential: 935thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,737th
The Clockwork Plague of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Glory to the Conglomerates.
Influence
Eminence Grise
Something More General Though
Civil Rights
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BlackLight Covenant

Population10.54 billion

CapitalTerbarlynton
LeaderBoris
FaithUnknown

CurrencyRetal
AnimalCat

The Clockwork Plague of BlackLight Covenant is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Boris with an even hand, and remarkable for its digital currency, parental licensing program, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 10.54 billion BlackLight Covenantians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Terbarlynton. The average income tax rate is 95.9%.

The frighteningly efficient BlackLight Covenantian economy, worth a remarkable 2,280 trillion Retals a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 216,338 Retals, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

There's an aura of pseudoscience around academia, politicians preface their speeches with a declaration that any resemblance to speeches given by individuals living or dead is purely coincidental, it is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma, and doctors prescribe medicines but they rarely dispense hope or compassion. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. BlackLight Covenant's national animal is the Cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Unknown.

BlackLight Covenant is ranked 848th in the world and 4th in The Glorious Nations of Iwaku for Most Valuable International Artwork, with 629.61 Bank.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 848thMost Influential: 935thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,737thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,857thMost Developed: 2,048thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 2,572ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,606thLowest Crime Rates: 2,613thSmartest Citizens: 2,682ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,114thLargest Governments: 3,763rdLongest Average Lifespans: 3,782ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,140thMost Efficient Economies: 4,437thHealthiest Citizens: 4,490thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,516thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,557thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,642ndHighest Average Incomes: 5,232ndRudest Citizens: 5,485thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,578thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,767thHighest Economic Output: 6,883rdMost Beautiful Environments: 8,501stMost Stationary: 8,904thMost Secular: 8,933rdLargest Publishing Industry: 8,942ndSafest: 9,084thMost Cultured: 9,548thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,592ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,020thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,469thMost Inclusive: 13,222ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,199thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 21,028thBest Weather: 21,138th
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Most Influential: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 4th in the regionMost Average: 5th in the regionMost Stationary: 8th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 14th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 15th in the regionMost Developed: 17th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 18th in the regionTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 20th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 21st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 23rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 25th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 25th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 25th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 27th in the regionRudest Citizens: 28th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 30th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 32nd in the regionLargest Governments: 32nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 35th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 36th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 37th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 39th in the region

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