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BlackLight Covenant

Population9.642 billion



The Clockwork Plague of BlackLight Covenant is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Boris with an even hand, and notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, otherworldly petting zoo, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 9.642 billion BlackLight Covenantians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government prioritizes Defense, with Education, Industry, and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Terbarlynton. The average income tax rate is 94.1%.

The frighteningly efficient BlackLight Covenantian economy, worth a remarkable 1,975 trillion Retals a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 204,836 Retals, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Children must be board certified to append "Jr" to their name, mantis shrimp studies is academia's fastest-growing field, every week is blindness awareness week, and would-be emigrants are told "abandon all hope all ye who would exit here". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. BlackLight Covenant's national animal is the Cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Unknown.

BlackLight Covenant is ranked 122,077th in the world and 281st in The Glorious Nations of Iwaku for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring 336.87 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,057thMost Influential: 1,129thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,162ndTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,262ndHighest Poor Incomes: 2,614thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,002ndMost Developed: 3,116thLowest Crime Rates: 3,474thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,480thSmartest Citizens: 3,552ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,161stLongest Average Lifespans: 4,687thLargest Governments: 4,772ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,130thMost Efficient Economies: 5,162ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,275thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,422ndHealthiest Citizens: 5,694thHighest Average Incomes: 5,847thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,736thRudest Citizens: 6,970thHighest Economic Output: 7,723rdLargest Publishing Industry: 7,772ndMost Advanced Public Education: 8,122ndMost Cultured: 8,841stMost Beautiful Environments: 9,227thMost Stationary: 9,291stMost Subsidized Industry: 9,730thSafest: 10,761stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,972ndTop
Most Secular: 11,182ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,721stMost Inclusive: 16,041stMost Advanced Public Transport: 19,399thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 21,507th
Most Influential: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 6th in the regionMost Stationary: 9th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 17th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 17th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 20th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 22nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 22nd in the regionMost Average: 22nd in the regionMost Developed: 23rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 24th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 26th in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 28th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 28th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 33rd in the regionLargest Governments: 34th in the regionRudest Citizens: 36th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 36th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 37th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 40th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 41st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 41st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 44th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 45th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 45th in the regionSafest: 46th in the regionLargest Populations: 53rd in the regionMost Cultured: 54th in the region

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