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Most Valuable International Artwork: 766thMost Influential: 1,294thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,443rd
The Clockwork Plague of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Could souls power machinery, I wonder?
Influence
Eminence Grise
Something More General Though
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Good

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BlackLight Covenant

Population8.628 billion

CapitalTerbarlynton
LeaderBoris
FaithUnknown

CurrencyRetal
AnimalCat

The Clockwork Plague of BlackLight Covenant is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Boris with an even hand, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, frequent executions, and soft-spoken computers. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 8.628 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 90.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient BlackLight Covenantian economy, worth a remarkable 1,708 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 broadly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 198,026 Retals, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government is pouring money into 'Operation Enduring Democracy', abortions are routinely performed in the nation's hospitals, annulments are on the rise as couples discover their ancestors were born in the same hospitals, and children are often punished for the sins of the fathers. 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 4,984th in the world and 2nd in The Glorious Nations of Iwaku for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with 27 Valid Endorsements.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 766thMost Influential: 1,294thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 2,443rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,583rdHighest Poor Incomes: 3,330thMost Developed: 3,691stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,870thSmartest Citizens: 4,173rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,175thLowest Crime Rates: 4,457thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,984thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,797thLargest Governments: 6,057thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,227thMost Efficient Economies: 6,363rdHighest Average Incomes: 6,474thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,547thHealthiest Citizens: 7,390thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,971stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,683rdHighest Economic Output: 8,691stLargest Publishing Industry: 8,809thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,870thMost Cultured: 9,153rdTop
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Most Stationary: 9,890thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,816thMost Secular: 12,022ndMost Beautiful Environments: 12,272ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,394thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,513thRudest Citizens: 16,116thSafest: 17,241st
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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: 5th in the regionMost Stationary: 9th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 14th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 14th in the regionTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 16th in the regionMost Developed: 17th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 18th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 20th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 21st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 22nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 23rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 25th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 25th in the regionMost Average: 27th in the regionLargest Governments: 29th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 30th in the region

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