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Largest Insurance Industry: 1,375thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,404thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,610th
The Cultist State of
Corporate Police State
Glory to the Fire God!
The Hidden One
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Blood Sacrifice and Fire

Population5.861 billion

LeaderThe Hidden One
FaithCult of the Hidden One and the Fire God

AnimalFlaming Serpent

The Cultist State of Blood Sacrifice and Fire is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by The Hidden One with an iron fist, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, prohibition of alcohol, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.861 billion Fire Cultists and Servants of the Hidden One 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 relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Industry, and Spirituality also on the agenda, while Environment and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bloodpool. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 27.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Flaming economy, worth a remarkable 1,077 trillion Tokens a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 183,826 Tokens, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,270,453 per year while the poor average 9,389, a ratio of 135 to 1.

Military spending recently hit a new high, returning vacationers often find that their property is now a construction site, the government is seen to favor traditionalist religions, and bailiffs must face down a fusillade of depleted uranium rounds. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Blood Sacrifice and Fire's national animal is the Flaming Serpent, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Cult of the Hidden One and the Fire God.

Blood Sacrifice and Fire is ranked 174,704th in the world and 27th in Psychotic Dictatorships for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 49.77 on the Hayek Index.

Largest Insurance Industry: 1,375thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,404thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,610thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,666thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,934thFattest Citizens: 1,988thTop
Most Avoided: 2,881stMost Devout: 3,199thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,521stLargest Retail Industry: 4,096thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,502ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,605thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,631stNudest: 5,185thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,787thLargest Mining Sector: 6,188thLargest Black Market: 6,840thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,014thHighest Average Incomes: 9,205thMost Efficient Economies: 10,501stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,975thRudest Citizens: 11,497thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,135thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,165thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 16,069thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,364thMost Patriotic: 16,438thHighest Economic Output: 19,382ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 25,660thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 25,760th
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6th in the regionTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 7th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 12th in the regionNudest: 12th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 13th in the region

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