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Most Valuable International Artwork: 14thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,115thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,173rd
The Light in the Sky of
Civil Rights Lovefest
Magic really does exist!
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Widely Abused

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Witchcraft and Sorcery

Population17.607 billion

CapitalNight Vale
LeaderMayor Cardinal
Faithnever looking back

Currencygolden cosine
Animalmysterious hooded figure

The Light in the Sky of Witchcraft and Sorcery is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Mayor Cardinal with a fair hand, and notable for its smutty television, rampant corporate plagiarism, and digital currency. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 17.607 billion listeners hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Night Vale. The average income tax rate is 96.8%.

The frighteningly efficient listening economy, worth a remarkable 2,684 trillion golden cosines a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 152,473 golden cosines, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Droves of former desperados are applying to join the border police, the bonfire of the old paper records can be seen for miles around Night Vale, school teachers check the staff room for hidden webcams before complaining about rebellious students, and Mayor Cardinal's family members carry literal get-out-of-jail-free cards. Crime is totally unknown. Witchcraft and Sorcery's national animal is the mysterious hooded figure, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is never looking back.

Witchcraft and Sorcery is ranked 1,173rd in the world and 24th in the South Pacific for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring 7,868.7 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 14thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,115thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,173rdLargest Welfare Programs: 1,193rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,204thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,217thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,280thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,348thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,404thNicest Citizens: 2,408thTop
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Most Pacifist: 2,855thMost Cultured: 2,923rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,139thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,314thMost Devout: 4,065thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,094thLargest Governments: 4,231stMost Beautiful Environments: 4,389thMost Efficient Economies: 4,547thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,929thMost Developed: 4,995thMost Inclusive: 5,072ndBest Weather: 5,178thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,201stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,463rdHighest Economic Output: 5,551stHealthiest Citizens: 6,037thSmartest Citizens: 6,647thMost Influential: 7,237thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,249thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,368thLargest Populations: 10,393rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,602ndTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 13,480thLeast Corrupt Governments: 13,512thMost Politically Free: 16,145thLargest Information Technology Sector: 22,330th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 24th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 27th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 28th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 36th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 39th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 59th in the regionNicest Citizens: 79th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 83rd in the regionTop
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Most Cultured: 84th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 87th in the regionLargest Populations: 91st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 103rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 109th in the regionLargest Governments: 110th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 110th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 110th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 121st in the regionMost Devout: 123rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 127th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 132nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 135th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 163rd in the regionMost Developed: 168th in the regionBest Weather: 172nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 174th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 175th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 194th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 197th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 211th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 224th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 235th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 343rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 403rd in the regionTop
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Nudest: 480th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 528th in the regionMost Influential: 615th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 637th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 655th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 662nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Witchcraft and Sorcery, Mayor Cardinal's family members carry literal get-out-of-jail-free cards.
  • : Following new legislation in Witchcraft and Sorcery, school teachers check the staff room for hidden webcams before complaining about rebellious students.
  • : Following new legislation in Witchcraft and Sorcery, the bonfire of the old paper records can be seen for miles around Night Vale.
  • : Witchcraft and Sorcery was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments and the Top 5% for Least Corrupt Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Witchcraft and Sorcery, droves of former desperados are applying to join the border police.
  • : Following new legislation in Witchcraft and Sorcery, large sections of Witchcraft and Sorcery have been named national reserves to protect the native tribes living there.
  • : Following new legislation in Witchcraft and Sorcery, fair-weather fans talk during plays while die-hard theatre enthusiasts stay at home.
  • : Following new legislation in Witchcraft and Sorcery, produce labels read 'may contain traces of food'.
  • : Witchcraft and Sorcery was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Nicest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Witchcraft and Sorcery, traumatised refugees have a full bedpan shoved into their hands along with their immigration papers.

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