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Most Secular: 3,592ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,413thMost Influential: 6,766th
The Militarised Empire of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Closer to heaven
Tex Blackwood
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Old Blackwood

Population10.031 billion

LeaderTex Blackwood


The Militarised Empire of Old Blackwood is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Tex Blackwood with an even hand, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, free-roaming dinosaurs, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 10.031 billion Old Blackwoodians 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 enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ironwood. The average income tax rate is 77.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Old Blackwoodian economy, worth 930 trillion Foxens a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 92,782 Foxens, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Home renovation shows are increasingly popular, funeral directors are frequently looking at their watches during funerals, nuclear submarines have been deployed to protect the nation's banana supply, and military chiefs are predicting extra funding in this year's budget. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Old Blackwood's national animal is the Finch, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Old Blackwood is ranked 6,766th in the world and 67th in the Rejected Realms for Most Influential, scoring 9,883 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Most Secular: 3,592ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,413thMost Influential: 6,766thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,797thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,978thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 14,074thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,861stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,717thLowest Crime Rates: 16,103rdMost Cultured: 17,627thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 17,712thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,258thHighest Average Tax Rates: 18,600thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 18,918thSmartest Citizens: 19,662ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,172ndBest Weather: 20,244thHighest Poor Incomes: 21,766thMost Developed: 23,497thHighest Economic Output: 23,887thMost Valuable International Artwork: 24,676thHealthiest Citizens: 24,817thLargest Governments: 25,671stLargest Welfare Programs: 25,752nd
Most Influential: 67th in the regionMost Secular: 122nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 193rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 299th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 307th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 313th in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 339th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 343rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 357th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 374th in the regionMost Cultured: 378th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 394th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 408th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 415th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 440th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 441st in the regionBest Weather: 472nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 473rd in the regionMost Developed: 476th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 497th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 531st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 535th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 552nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 554th in the regionLargest Governments: 562nd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 595th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 621st in the region

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