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The Black Heart

Population271 million

Animalblack hawk

The Empire of The Black Heart is a huge, orderly nation, notable for its punitive income tax rates, restrictive gun laws, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 271 million Spades 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 50.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Spaded economy, worth 13.4 trillion spades a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Trout Farming, Retail, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is 49,507 spades, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Leader is too busy listening to praise to get any work done, The Black Heart's free colleges struggle to maintain standards in the face of overwhelming demand, the nation's first space rocket -- sponsored by Eckie-Ecola and shaped like an enormous soda bottle -- is being developed, and hospitals are amongst the best-funded in the region. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Black Heart's national animal is the black hawk, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

The Black Heart is ranked 148,563rd in the world and 5,319th in The East Pacific for Nudest, with 3.25 Cheeks Per Square Mile.

Most Conservative: 3,058thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,155thMost Authoritarian: 6,701stTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 11,853rdMost Influential: 12,427th
Most Conservative: 155th in the regionTop
Most Authoritarian: 303rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 338th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 488th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 509th in the region

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