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The Grand Duchy of Blackwood Order

“True Power Is Being Able To Let Power Go” Grand Duke Blackbriar

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Power

Location: The Empire Of Oppression

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Blackwood Order

Population8.63 billion

CapitalOpature
LeaderGrand Duke Blackbriar
FaithNine Divines

CurrencyQuill
AnimalPanther

The Grand Duchy of Blackwood Order is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Grand Duke Blackbriar with an iron fist, and notable for its pith helmet sales, public floggings, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 8.63 billion Orderians 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 effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, with Industry, Law & Order, and Education also on the agenda, while Environment and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Opature. The average income tax rate is 64.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Orderian economy, worth a remarkable 2,043 trillion Quills a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Automobile Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 236,783 Quills, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.4 times as much as the poorest.

Dictionary sales have hit an all-time high, garbage bags floating down the river are churned up by man-made rapids, immigrants who carry knives on them are presumed to be chefs, and there are no bananas today in Blackwood Order. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Blackwood Order's national animal is the Panther, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Nine Divines.

Blackwood Order is ranked 218,082nd in the world and 4th in The Empire Of Oppression for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring -11.4 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 454thLargest Mining Sector: 1,061stLargest Black Market: 1,316thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,348thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,548thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,735thTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,487thMost Avoided: 3,095thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,545thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,842ndHighest Average Incomes: 3,935thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,699thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,026thHighest Economic Output: 7,434thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,343rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 9,677thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 12,245thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,004thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 14,698thLargest Governments: 15,089thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15,277thMost Efficient Economies: 15,863rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,950thMost Secular: 17,535thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,573rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 19,519thLargest Gambling Industry: 19,540thMost Developed: 19,543rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 19,794th

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