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Largest Black Market: 132ndHighest Economic Output: 518thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 595th
The Vampire Syndicate of
Father Knows Best State Suspiciously Conservative Democracy
Sex & Violence
Methuselah Ţepeș
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Black Ivars

Population33.623 billion

LeaderMethuselah Ţepeș

Currencyblood barrel

The Vampire Syndicate of Black Ivars is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Methuselah Ţepeș with an iron fist, and notable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, triple-decker prams, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 33.623 billion Nosferatus 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, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Industry, Healthcare, and Education also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Crypt. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 71.9%.

The frighteningly efficient undead economy, worth a remarkable 9,141 trillion blood barrels a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched black market in Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, Retail, and Uranium Mining. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 271,895 blood barrels, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 806,046 per year while the poor average 71,994, a ratio of 11.2 to 1.

Music teachers are commonly seen busking in order to fund their music programs, a paperwork error has naval privateers being directed to attack land-locked nations, ambitious "businessmen" use their children to sell and advertise their products, and citizens know not to ask what their country can do for them but what they can do as chained slaves for their country. Crime is a serious problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Black Ivars's national animal is the bat, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is necromancy.

Black Ivars is ranked 193,864th in the world and 8,121st in the South Pacific for Lowest Crime Rates, with 38.6 Law-abiding Acts Per Hour.

Largest Black Market: 132ndHighest Economic Output: 518thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 595thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 729thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,029thLargest Populations: 1,154thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,165thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,610thLargest Mining Sector: 1,671stLargest Retail Industry: 1,723rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,984thMost Influential: 2,055thTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,159thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,194thHighest Average Incomes: 2,662ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,173rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,684thMost Efficient Economies: 3,824thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,867thMost Armed: 3,877thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,312thMost Avoided: 4,643rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,286thLargest Gambling Industry: 6,645thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,629thLargest Governments: 8,227thSmartest Citizens: 9,165thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 11,873rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 12,253rdHighest Crime Rates: 14,687thMost Stationary: 14,823rdMost Beautiful Environments: 17,252ndHighest Poor Incomes: 18,392ndMost Developed: 19,972ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 20,097th
Largest Black Market: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 9th in the regionLargest Populations: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 24th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 29th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 34th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 52nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 56th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 57th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 59th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 66th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 69th in the regionTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 97th in the regionMost Armed: 99th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 106th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 111th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 113th in the regionMost Avoided: 113th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 170th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 182nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 207th in the regionLargest Governments: 210th in the regionMost Influential: 233rd in the regionMost Stationary: 257th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 278th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 283rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 304th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 364th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 371st in the regionTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 443rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 506th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 567th in the regionMost Developed: 568th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 665th in the regionRudest Citizens: 809th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Black Ivars was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Crime Rates and Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Black Ivars, citizens know not to ask what their country can do for them but what they can do as chained slaves for their country.
  • : Black Ivars was reclassified from "Corrupt Dictatorship" to "Father Knows Best State".
  • : Following new legislation in Black Ivars, ambitious "businessmen" use their children to sell and advertise their products.
  • : Following new legislation in Black Ivars, a paperwork error has naval privateers being directed to attack land-locked nations.
  • : Following new legislation in Black Ivars, music teachers are commonly seen busking in order to fund their music programs.
  • : Black Ivars voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Military Identification Tag Act"".
  • : Following new legislation in Black Ivars, masterpieces by male artists are on display in the dumpsters behind the gallery.
  • : Black Ivars was endorsed by The Rogue Nation of Psychological Care.
  • : Black Ivars was endorsed by The Mighty Building Material of Concrete Slab.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 117 » Curlyhoward, Pencil Sharpeners 2, Kiasu-ism, Farengeto, Luddinlande, Kringalia, Erinor, Tsunamy, Moreana, Centristvill, Sandaoguo, Darakin, Lambdaland, Nankyoku Tairiku, Aywhyou, Escevola, Sedunn, Techganet, 073 039 109 032 080 111 112 112 121, The Solar System Scope, New Briantown, Linguiniland, Aidenfieeld, Drystar, Aumeltopia, Beepee, Silberne Wache, Isokenzar, Barabarom, Rebel-topia, Cuuldere, Kandorith, Direwolf1, Vincent Field, Qvait, Xandev, Herbert Island, Land Without Shrimp, Wehraboos, Phanama, Sesteran, Amerion, Dasko, PenguinPies, Aurcania, The Filippinas, Hanguk-Nippon, Nowa Europa, Tsvetania, Imperial Duck, and 67 others.Qaweritoyu, Empa Aserium, Mapico, Volaworand, Qawe, Abarri, Bear Connors Paradiso, Astraee, Tilipria, Jaxon, Cohors Stercore, Madreia, Bleakfoot, Pamela And Hepatitis, Nueva Alta California, Isles of Creckero, Terran Draconia, Bawkie, Tepertopia, Rabbitz, Tarnik, Votri, Gliasco, Ebonhand, West Pastafaria, Eskvenn, Turks of The Eastern Calculus, Roterdamia, Anserisa, Weryalachiressaraxiatopia, CzechoSlovakishMoravia, Charloa, The Worst army of, Greater Hyrulang, Holy Free, Quh, Eggraria, Merevane, Baltenlands, Freest Freedonia, Marinho Islands, Weburya, Kervanosia, Starsight, Shefino, NganXuan, Springhollow, Compli, Auphelia, Melicorium, Corgitopiaa, Matak Tribes, Laamiva, ChickenDome, Eutraya, Well F, Glen Cooley, Rhetiaa, United States of Vietnam, Purple Hyacinth, Ovkianos, Drugged Monkeys, Belschaft, Myness, Midand, Andinla, and Concrete Slab.

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