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The TBH Commander of Red Back

“It has to be done for the sake of history”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Diplomat

Location: The Black Hawks

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Red Back

Population34.175 billion

CapitalHawkbacawk
LeaderCommander Red Back
FaithBackawk

Currencynas
Animalred back

The TBH Commander of Red Back is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Commander Red Back with an iron fist, and renowned for its ban on automobiles, public floggings, and prohibition of alcohol. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 34.175 billion Redbackians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hawkbacawk. The average income tax rate is 91.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Red Backian economy, worth a remarkable 5,361 trillion nas a year, is highly specialized and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 156,890 nas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation takes the world's poor and tired and the huddled Masses yearning to breathe free, the thin blue line is composed of picketing police officers demanding better pensions, the blind lead the blind in social welfare, and prisoners due for execution often use their final statement to complain about soggy bread rolls. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Red Back's national animal is the red back, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Backawk.

Red Back is ranked 23,249th in the world and 46th in The Black Hawks for Most Secular, with 46.64 Atheism Rate.

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Largest Black Market: 818thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,036thLargest Populations: 1,136thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,323rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,609thHighest Economic Output: 1,646thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,040thTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2,253rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,386thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,555thNudest: 3,611thMost Ignorant Citizens: 4,022ndMost Corrupt Governments: 5,764thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,917thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,035thMost Influential: 7,503rdLowest Crime Rates: 7,728thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,938thLargest Mining Sector: 8,131stLargest Governments: 8,715thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 12,092ndMost Authoritarian: 12,827thMost Conservative: 13,790thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,389thLargest Welfare Programs: 17,547thMost Valuable International Artwork: 18,460thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 21,718thMost Advanced Public Education: 21,783rd
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Largest Populations: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 13th in the regionNudest: 13th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 15th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 18th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 25th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 26th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 26th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 28th in the regionMost Stationary: 31st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 33rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 35th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 38th in the region

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