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Largest Agricultural Sector: 2,934thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,295thMost Influential: 3,353rd
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The Black Horns

Population2.851 billion

CapitalAshbourne
LeaderArmaetus
FaithLuciferianism

CurrencyTrepya
AnimalRaven

The Commonwealth of The Black Horns is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Armaetus with an iron fist, and notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 2.851 billion Black Horn Folk 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 government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ashbourne. The average income tax rate is 57.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Black Hornsian economy, worth 435 trillion Trepyas a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 152,864 Trepyas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.5 times as much as the poorest.

Sending sick politicians "Get Well Soon" cards is considered bribery, major corporations receive tax breaks for no apparent reason, holiday gift-giving is often peppered with songs of praise to morally-questionable televangelists, and a rolling news ticker tape of disclaimers runs across the bottom of the screen on all TV shows. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Black Horns's national animal is the Raven, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Luciferianism.

The Black Horns is ranked 55,639th in the world and 72nd in Forest for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 2,770.54 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Largest Agricultural Sector: 2,934thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,295thMost Influential: 3,353rdMost Devout: 5,075thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,733rdLargest Retail Industry: 9,076thMost Cultured: 9,100thMost Developed: 9,288thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,089thTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 10,390thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,739thLowest Crime Rates: 11,074thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,140thMost Efficient Economies: 11,818thSmartest Citizens: 12,419thHighest Average Incomes: 12,849thBest Weather: 13,825thLongest Average Lifespans: 15,322ndHealthiest Citizens: 15,534thHighest Poor Incomes: 16,157thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16,265thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,480thLargest Governments: 17,851stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,943rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 18,341stMost Corrupt Governments: 18,529thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,545th
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 10th in the regionTop
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Most Devout: 32nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 36th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 39th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 42nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 44th in the regionMost Average: 45th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Black Horns, a rolling news ticker tape of disclaimers runs across the bottom of the screen on all TV shows.
  • : Following new legislation in The Black Horns, holiday gift-giving is often peppered with songs of praise to morally-questionable televangelists.
  • : Following new legislation in The Black Horns, major corporations receive tax breaks for no apparent reason.
  • : Following new legislation in The Black Horns, sending sick politicians "Get Well Soon" cards is considered bribery.
  • : Following new legislation in The Black Horns, Black Horn Folk no longer find themselves bumping into their exes at family gatherings.
  • : The Black Horns was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Basket Weaving Sector.
  • : The Black Horns was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Basket Weaving Sector.
  • : The Black Horns was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Basket Weaving Sector and the Top 10% for Highest Disposable Incomes and Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in The Black Horns, the government only announces the deaths of its members when it's convenient.
  • : Following new legislation in The Black Horns, the military struggles with recruitment.

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