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Most Secular: 617thMost Influential: 740thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,299th
The Vespid State of
Democratic Socialists
Vespid and Ant, forward for the Queen.
Influence
Eminence Grise
Something More General Though
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Good

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BlackLight Covenant

Population13.477 billion

CapitalTerbarlynton
LeaderVazarrah IV
FaithUnknown

CurrencyRetal
AnimalGiant Moth

The Vespid State of BlackLight Covenant is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Vazarrah IV with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, otherworldly petting zoo, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 13.477 billion BlackLight Covenantians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized, corrupt government prioritizes Defense, although Education, Healthcare, and Industry are also considered important, while Spirituality and International Aid aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Terbarlynton. The average income tax rate is 97.9%.

The frighteningly efficient BlackLight Covenantian economy, worth a remarkable 3,258 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 major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 241,817 Retals, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Bus ads propagandize causes ranging from sexual revolution to religious pogroms, consumption of cat memes has skyrocketed, the children of BlackLight Covenant are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence, and pulling weeds is seen as a threat to national security. 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 Giant Moth, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Unknown.

BlackLight Covenant is ranked 2,079th in the world and 12th in The Glorious Nations of Iwaku for Smartest Citizens, with 180.48 quips per hour.

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Most Secular: 617thMost Influential: 740thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,299thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,475thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,765thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,826thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,836thMost Developed: 1,976thSmartest Citizens: 2,079thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,249thLowest Crime Rates: 2,265thTop
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Largest Governments: 2,820thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,921stHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,948thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,226thMost Patriotic: 3,411thHealthiest Citizens: 3,513thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,675thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,722ndMost Efficient Economies: 3,967thHighest Average Incomes: 4,372ndMost Advanced Public Education: 4,940thHighest Economic Output: 5,082ndRudest Citizens: 5,247thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,971stMost Beautiful Environments: 6,378thSafest: 6,451stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,917thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,303rdMost Stationary: 7,592ndHighest Food Quality: 7,678thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,687thMost Cultured: 9,056thMost Inclusive: 11,945thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,444thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,551stTop
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Best Weather: 13,787thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,180thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 17,717thLargest Populations: 23,284th
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Most Influential: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 7th in the regionMost Stationary: 8th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 10th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 11th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 11th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 12th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 14th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionMost Developed: 15th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 15th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 16th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 18th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 18th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 19th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 19th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 20th in the regionRudest Citizens: 22nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 23rd in the regionMost Patriotic: 23rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 26th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 27th in the regionSafest: 29th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 30th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 31st in the region

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