by Max Barry

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Most Secular: 3,207thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,531stMost Influential: 13,354th
The Militarised Empire of
Father Knows Best State
Closer to heaven
Tex Blackwood
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Old Blackwood

Population5.491 billion

LeaderTex Blackwood


The Militarised Empire of Old Blackwood is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Tex Blackwood with an iron fist, and notable for its frequent executions, pith helmet sales, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 5.491 billion Old Blackwoodians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ironwood. The average income tax rate is 66.5%.

The powerhouse Old Blackwoodian economy, worth 566 trillion Foxens a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 103,190 Foxens, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.2 times as much as the poorest.

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 well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Old Blackwood's national animal is the Fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Old Blackwood is ranked 22,155th in the world and 457th in the Rejected Realms for Longest Average Lifespans, with 89.73 Years.

Most Secular: 3,207thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,531stTop
Most Influential: 13,354thMost Valuable International Artwork: 13,560thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,577thLowest Crime Rates: 16,403rdMost Cultured: 17,405thMost Advanced Public Education: 18,040thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18,101stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18,760thMost Beautiful Environments: 18,905thMost Scientifically Advanced: 18,921stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18,987thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 19,321st
Most Secular: 100th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 137th in the regionMost Influential: 247th in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 320th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 325th in the regionMost Cultured: 367th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 377th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 405th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 413th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 423rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 434th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 457th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 462nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 471st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 473rd in the regionMost Developed: 479th in the region

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