by Max Barry

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Largest Black Market: 104th Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 397th Highest Economic Output: 551st
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

Population31.501 billion

LeaderMethuselah Ţepeș

Currencyblood litre

The Vampire Syndicate of Black Ivars is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Methuselah Ţepeș with an iron fist, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, parental licensing program, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 31.501 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, although Industry, Healthcare, and Education are also considered important, while Welfare and Social Policy aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Crypt. The average income tax rate is 67.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient undead economy, worth a remarkable 8,068 trillion blood litres 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, quite specialized 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 256,137 blood litres, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Looting and pillaging are now considered vital intelligence-gathering activities, forest fires have dropped dramatically as there are hardly any forests left, pregnant women make easy targets, and an alabaster statue of an ancient cat-deity takes pride of place in the centre of Crypt. 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 151,928th in the world and 5,773rd in the South Pacific for Most Compassionate Citizens, scoring 8.5 on the Kitten Softness Rating.

Largest Black Market: 104thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 397thHighest Economic Output: 551stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 632ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 808thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,166thLargest Populations: 1,199thLargest Retail Industry: 1,369thTop
Largest Mining Sector: 1,536thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,775thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,905thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,064thMost Efficient Economies: 2,172ndMost Corrupt Governments: 2,267thMost Influential: 2,312thHighest Average Incomes: 2,618thMost Armed: 2,900thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,965thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,085thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,129thMost Avoided: 3,851stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,144thTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 7,914thHighest Disposable Incomes: 9,368thSmartest Citizens: 9,542ndLargest Governments: 9,731stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,637thHighest Crime Rates: 13,234thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,373rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 14,418th
Largest Black Market: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 9th in the regionLargest Populations: 10th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 25th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 26th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 32nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 45th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 47th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 51st in the regionTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 59th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 63rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 66th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 75th in the regionMost Armed: 75th in the regionMost Avoided: 91st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 92nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 94th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 170th in the regionMost Influential: 226th in the regionLargest Governments: 249th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 257th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 273rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 280th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 289th in the regionTop
Highest Crime Rates: 333rd in the regionMost Stationary: 346th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 381st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 436th in the regionMost Developed: 501st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 536th in the region

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