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Most Primitive: 188th Most Ignorant Citizens: 528th Most Devout: 647th
The Medieval kingdoms of
Father Knows Best State
To move ever onward into the night
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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The new colonies of Nocturnal Verse

Population6.541 billion

LeaderValäyn the great
FaithOrder of Corvus


The Medieval kingdoms of The new colonies of Nocturnal Verse is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Valäyn the great with an iron fist, and remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, lack of airports, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 6.541 billion colonists 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 Environment, Defense, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kalendram. The average income tax rate is 64.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming new colonies of Nocturnal Versean economy, worth 755 trillion Quintics a year, is highly specialized and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 115,530 Quintics, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Dog breeding has been banned in accordance with recent animal experimentation laws, colonists incessantly needle their doctors for relief, women give birth underneath so many blankets that the doctor can't feel the bump, and couples are discouraged from marrying until they can rank their partner on a scale of one to ten. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. The new colonies of Nocturnal Verse's national animal is the Hawk, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Order of Corvus.

The new colonies of Nocturnal Verse is ranked 149,168th in the world and 5,508th in Balder for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring -11.4 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

Most Primitive: 188thMost Ignorant Citizens: 528thMost Devout: 647thMost Armed: 893rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 907thHighest Crime Rates: 1,275thTop
Most Cultured: 1,602ndMost Beautiful Environments: 1,735thLargest Black Market: 1,818thBest Weather: 2,408thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,316thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,838thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,233rdMost Corrupt Governments: 6,434thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,509thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,905thTop
Most Influential: 9,108thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,517thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,317th
Most Primitive: 8th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17th in the regionMost Devout: 22nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 27th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 29th in the regionMost Armed: 48th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 50th in the regionMost Cultured: 54th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 68th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 69th in the regionBest Weather: 85th in the regionLargest Black Market: 86th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 187th in the regionMost Stationary: 197th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 255th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 298th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 321st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 359th in the region

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