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Most Secular: 3,420thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,219thMost Influential: 6,334th
The Militarised Empire of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Closer to heaven
Tex Blackwood
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Old Blackwood

Population7.581 billion

LeaderTex Blackwood


The Militarised Empire of Old Blackwood is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Tex Blackwood with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, avant-garde cinema, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 7.581 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 large, corrupt 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 73.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Old Blackwoodian economy, worth 687 trillion Foxens a year, is highly specialized 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 90,658 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 Fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Old Blackwood is ranked 15,969th in the world and 656th in the Rejected Realms for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 7,311.28 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

Most Secular: 3,420thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,219thMost Influential: 6,334thTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,968thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,524thMost Beautiful Environments: 13,552ndMost Advanced Public Education: 14,744thLowest Crime Rates: 15,407thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,737thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,969thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,476thMost Cultured: 17,250thLongest Average Lifespans: 18,270thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,462ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 19,133rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 19,846thBest Weather: 20,853rdSmartest Citizens: 20,946thMost Developed: 21,895thHighest Poor Incomes: 22,087thHighest Average Tax Rates: 22,844th
Most Influential: 82nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 82nd in the regionMost Secular: 107th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 292nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 310th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 345th in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 349th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 372nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 399th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 405th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 425th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 444th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 462nd in the regionBest Weather: 468th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 476th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 492nd in the regionMost Developed: 509th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 524th in the regionMost Stationary: 552nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 578th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 656th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 668th in the region

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