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Most Avoided: 3,334thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,597thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,760th
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Blacktree

Population1.106 billion

CapitalAuckland
LeaderKeith Heating
FaithRoman Catholicism

CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
AnimalKiwi

The Commonwealth of Blacktree is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Keith Heating with an iron fist, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, otherworldly petting zoo, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 1.106 billion New Zealanders are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Industry, and Education also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Auckland. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 43.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Blacktreean economy, worth 172 trillion New Zealand Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 155,960 New Zealand Dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 684,931 per year while the poor average 22,329, a ratio of 30.7 to 1.

Belligerent citizens shoot at passing clouds for 'violating their airspace', recent events have left citizens both shaken and stirred, corporations have to consult a fifty-page "sanctions spreadsheet" to determine which countries they are allowed to do business with, and blasphemers and government critics often die in very unusual and unlikely accidents. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Blacktree's national animal is the Kiwi, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Roman Catholicism.

Blacktree is ranked 219,958th in the world and 71st in Republic of Conservative Nations for Most Primitive, scoring -188.09 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

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Most Avoided: 3,334thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,597thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,760thLargest Insurance Industry: 5,412thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,453rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,910thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,912thLargest Retail Industry: 6,538thFattest Citizens: 6,881stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,100thMost Devout: 7,273rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7,280thHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,181stLargest Mining Sector: 9,291stMost Efficient Economies: 10,364thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 12,225thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 12,968thMost Corrupt Governments: 14,336thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,543rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 16,139thMost Subsidized Industry: 19,555thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,759thMost Cultured: 21,107thMost Developed: 21,229thLowest Crime Rates: 21,970thLargest Governments: 23,153rdMost Conservative: 23,402ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 23,494th
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Most Extreme: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7th in the regionMost Avoided: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 9th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Blacktree, blasphemers and government critics often die in very unusual and unlikely accidents.
  • : Blacktree was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Following new legislation in Blacktree, corporations have to consult a fifty-page "sanctions spreadsheet" to determine which countries they are allowed to do business with.
  • : Following new legislation in Blacktree, recent events have left citizens both shaken and stirred.
  • : Following new legislation in Blacktree, belligerent citizens shoot at passing clouds for 'violating their airspace'.
  • : Following new legislation in Blacktree, new religious sects are squashed immediately by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in Blacktree, rural New Zealanders stare in awe at the bright lights of the big cities.
  • : Following new legislation in Blacktree, people say chess victor Keith Heating can kill you with mind-bullets.
  • : Following new legislation in Blacktree, it's widely agreed that to tennis players love means nothing.
  • : Following new legislation in Blacktree, governments opposing Blacktree are beset by rebels.

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