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Largest Mining Sector: 84thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 85thLargest Black Market: 127th
The Holy and Absolute Darkness of
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Never finish eating your cat, you'll regret it...
The Eternal and Glorious Leader Spetre
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Population22.54 billion

CapitalThe Glory of Spetre
LeaderThe Eternal and Glorious Leader Spetre

Animalhalf-eaten cat

The Holy and Absolute Darkness of Spetre is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by The Eternal and Glorious Leader Spetre with an iron fist, and renowned for its aversion to nipples, ubiquitous missile silos, and complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 22.54 billion Spetreans are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Industry, and Spirituality are also considered important, while Environment and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Glory of Spetre. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 82.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Spetrean economy, worth an astonishing 10,427 trillion Credits a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 462,643 Credits, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,996,827 per year while the poor average 68,283, a ratio of 29.2 to 1.

Colonists who were promised new lands find only war-torn devastation, crop circles are intently studied by investigators with questionable merits, Spetre isn't what it used to be, and the act of reporting blasphemy is known as 'Orthodoxxing'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force. Spetre's national animal is the half-eaten cat, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Spetreism.

Spetre is ranked 7,888th in the world and 360th in Lazarus for Most Conservative, scoring 91.31 on the Bush-Santorum Dawning Terror Index.

Largest Mining Sector: 84thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 85thLargest Black Market: 127thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 197thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 215thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 227thMost Devout: 238thMost Ignorant Citizens: 238thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 240thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 347thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 442ndHighest Average Incomes: 459thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 478thHighest Economic Output: 485thMost Corrupt Governments: 515thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 707thMost Patriotic: 801stLargest Agricultural Sector: 903rdLowest Crime Rates: 1,086thMost Avoided: 1,630thFattest Citizens: 1,720thMost Efficient Economies: 2,348thTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,691stLargest Governments: 2,797thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,972ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,794thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,756thLargest Populations: 6,048thMost Conservative: 7,888thRudest Citizens: 7,889thHighest Disposable Incomes: 9,159thTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 13,389thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,518thLargest Information Technology Sector: 18,035thMost Authoritarian: 20,516thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 21,306thMost Advanced Public Transport: 23,176thHighest Poor Incomes: 23,730th
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionMost Devout: 10th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11th in the regionLargest Black Market: 13th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 14th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 19th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 24th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 25th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 26th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 27th in the regionMost Patriotic: 28th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 35th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 44th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 59th in the regionMost Avoided: 70th in the regionFattest Citizens: 83rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 91st in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 127th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 156th in the regionLargest Populations: 167th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 223rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 241st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 262nd in the regionMost Conservative: 360th in the regionRudest Citizens: 407th in the regionTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 593rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 707th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 785th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 897th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 979th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,023rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,048th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Spetre was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Spetre was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Spetre was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Public Transport.
  • : Spetre was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • : Spetre's influence in Lazarus rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Spetre was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • : Spetre was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • : Spetre's influence in Lazarus rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Spetre's influence in Lazarus rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Spetre was refounded in Lazarus.


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