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Largest Publishing Industry: 4,089thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,119thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,682nd
The Shadowy Machinations of
Father Knows Best State Suspiciously Conservative Democracy
Strange things have had a chance to settle and linger
Influence
Power
Founder / Drunken Raconteur
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Whisperer in the Darkness

Population4.901 billion

CapitalPlateau of Leng
LeaderNyarlathotep
FaithChurch of Starry Wisdom

Currencywhisper
AnimalBrain in a Jar

The Shadowy Machinations of The Whisperer in the Darkness is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Nyarlathotep with an iron fist, and remarkable for its frequent executions, ritual sacrifices, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 4.901 billion Whisperers 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 juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Plateau of Leng. The average income tax rate is 62.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Whispering economy, worth 798 trillion whispers a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 162,853 whispers, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.4 times as much as the poorest.

Demand for night vision goggles and boat engine mufflers has spiked, lifelong celibates are surprised to receive government-issue condoms in the post, groups of government workers are declared protected tribes if they venture too deep into the Capitol, and police officers have been re-kitted with designer uniforms and gold-plated handcuffs. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Whisperer in the Darkness's national animal is the Brain in a Jar, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Church of Starry Wisdom.

The Whisperer in the Darkness is ranked 35,980th in the world and 2nd in Cloak and Dagger for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 4,609.46 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Largest Publishing Industry: 4,089thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,119thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,682ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,736thMost Efficient Economies: 8,925thMost Cultured: 9,737thMost Developed: 10,268thSmartest Citizens: 11,171stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,397thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,527thHighest Average Incomes: 11,716thTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 12,986thHealthiest Citizens: 14,635thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,005thLongest Average Lifespans: 15,194thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,558thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,047thHighest Poor Incomes: 16,302ndMost Inclusive: 16,778thLowest Crime Rates: 17,761stLargest Governments: 17,951stMost Corrupt Governments: 18,522ndMost Beautiful Environments: 18,565thMost Secular: 22,114thMost Stationary: 22,896th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Whisperer in the Darkness, police officers have been re-kitted with designer uniforms and gold-plated handcuffs.
  • : Following new legislation in The Whisperer in the Darkness, groups of government workers are declared protected tribes if they venture too deep into the Capitol.
  • : Following new legislation in The Whisperer in the Darkness, lifelong celibates are surprised to receive government-issue condoms in the post.
  • : Following new legislation in The Whisperer in the Darkness, demand for night vision goggles and boat engine mufflers has spiked.
  • : Following new legislation in The Whisperer in the Darkness, the giant 80-storey carving of Nyarlathotep in Mount Rushless can be seen from space.
  • : The Whisperer in the Darkness was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Following new legislation in The Whisperer in the Darkness, witnesses have to run a gauntlet of mob enforcers to testify at trials.
  • : Following new legislation in The Whisperer in the Darkness, postmen have been arrested in job lots for selling junk mail as home insulation.
  • : Following new legislation in The Whisperer in the Darkness, ten-year-olds are applying for lemonade stand operator licences.
  • : Following new legislation in The Whisperer in the Darkness, Saturday morning cartoons feature full frontal nudity.

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