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Largest Agricultural Sector: 2,932ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,247thMost Influential: 3,316th
The Commonwealth of
Father Knows Best State
There's No Double Standards
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Apprentice
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The Black Horns

Population2.808 billion

CapitalAshbourne
LeaderArmaetus
FaithLuciferianism

CurrencyTrepya
AnimalRaven

The Commonwealth of The Black Horns is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Armaetus with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 2.808 billion Black Horn Folk 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 medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ashbourne. The average income tax rate is 57.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Black Hornsian economy, worth 429 trillion Trepyas a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 152,864 Trepyas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.5 times as much as the poorest.

Sending sick politicians "Get Well Soon" cards is considered bribery, major corporations receive tax breaks for no apparent reason, holiday gift-giving is often peppered with songs of praise to morally-questionable televangelists, and a rolling news ticker tape of disclaimers runs across the bottom of the screen on all TV shows. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Black Horns's national animal is the Raven, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Luciferianism.

The Black Horns is ranked 190,720th in the world and 399th in Forest for Least Corrupt Governments, with 80.98 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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Largest Agricultural Sector: 2,932ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,247thMost Influential: 3,316thMost Devout: 5,064thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,695thLargest Retail Industry: 8,944thMost Cultured: 9,092ndMost Developed: 9,271stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,089thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10,462ndTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 10,730thLowest Crime Rates: 11,090thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,124thMost Efficient Economies: 11,807thSmartest Citizens: 12,425thHighest Average Incomes: 12,828thBest Weather: 13,652ndLongest Average Lifespans: 15,020thHealthiest Citizens: 15,237thHighest Poor Incomes: 16,100thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16,160thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,485thLargest Governments: 17,774thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,926thLargest Information Technology Sector: 18,279thMost Corrupt Governments: 18,493rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,621st
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 11th in the regionTop
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Most Devout: 31st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 37th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 39th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 40th in the regionMost Average: 43rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 43rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Black Horns, a rolling news ticker tape of disclaimers runs across the bottom of the screen on all TV shows.
  • : Following new legislation in The Black Horns, holiday gift-giving is often peppered with songs of praise to morally-questionable televangelists.
  • : Following new legislation in The Black Horns, major corporations receive tax breaks for no apparent reason.
  • : Following new legislation in The Black Horns, sending sick politicians "Get Well Soon" cards is considered bribery.
  • : Following new legislation in The Black Horns, Black Horn Folk no longer find themselves bumping into their exes at family gatherings.
  • : The Black Horns was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Basket Weaving Sector.
  • : The Black Horns was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Basket Weaving Sector.
  • : The Black Horns was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Basket Weaving Sector and the Top 10% for Highest Disposable Incomes and Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in The Black Horns, the government only announces the deaths of its members when it's convenient.
  • : Following new legislation in The Black Horns, the military struggles with recruitment.

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