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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 857thHighest Crime Rates: 971stRudest Citizens: 1,179th
The Zombie Enclave of
Anarchy
Death is the beginning of the Hunger
The Insatiable
Influence
Eminence Grise
Horde Whisperer
Civil Rights
Frightening
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Corrupted

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Blight-Bane

Population9.992 billion

CapitalThe Morgue
LeaderThe Insatiable
FaithContagious Zombism

Currencypickled brain
Animalharvested brain

The Zombie Enclave of Blight-Bane is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by The Insatiable with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, otherworldly petting zoo, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 9.992 billion peckish zombies live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Industry, although Defense and Education are also considered important, while Law & Order and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Morgue. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 2.3%.

The frighteningly efficient undead economy, worth a remarkable 1,699 trillion pickled brains 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 Soda Sales, Gambling, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 170,078 pickled brains, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,122,112 per year while the poor average 9,984, a ratio of 112 to 1.

Anti-government political posters adorn every building like wallpaper, college students make ends meet by selling their kidneys, Harvested Brain is one of the most popular forenames in Blight-Bane, and bars are packed at all hours. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Blight-Bane's national animal is the harvested brain, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Contagious Zombism.

Blight-Bane is ranked 60,012th in the world and 3rd in The Zombie Factory for Most Developed, scoring 62.39 on the Human Development Index.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 857thHighest Crime Rates: 971stRudest Citizens: 1,179thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,194thHighest Drug Use: 1,366thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,469thMost Politically Free: 1,580thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,582ndMost Armed: 1,601stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,646thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,673rdFattest Citizens: 1,706thMost Extreme: 2,263rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,298thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,384thTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 2,742ndMost Avoided: 2,951stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3,587thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,242ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,741stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,068thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,508thMost Cultured: 7,610thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,892ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,953rdMost Efficient Economies: 8,011thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,125thLargest Mining Sector: 8,322ndNudest: 9,900thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,995thHighest Economic Output: 10,188thHighest Average Incomes: 10,483rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,956thLargest Retail Industry: 11,469thTop
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 13,709thMost Pro-Market: 15,330thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,927thSmartest Citizens: 22,104th
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Blight-Bane, bars are packed at all hours.
  • : Following new legislation in Blight-Bane, Harvested Brain is one of the most popular forenames in Blight-Bane.
  • : Blight-Bane's influence in The Zombie Factory rose from "Enforcer" to "Eminence Grise".
  • : Blight-Bane was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Disposable Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Blight-Bane, college students make ends meet by selling their kidneys.
  • : Blight-Bane was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : Following new legislation in Blight-Bane, anti-government political posters adorn every building like wallpaper.
  • : Following new legislation in Blight-Bane, people reciting Shakespeare have become a common sight.
  • : Blight-Bane's influence in The Zombie Factory fell from "Eminence Grise" to "Enforcer".
  • : Blight-Bane's influence in The Zombie Factory fell from "Hermit" to "Eminence Grise".

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