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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 392ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 403rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 529th
The Armed Reich of
Father Knows Best State Suspiciously Liberal Dictatorship
Service guarantees citizenship.
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population21.598 billion

LeaderReichsführer Gunnar Siggurdson


The Armed Reich of Svarttjern is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Reichsführer Gunnar Siggurdson with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, sprawling nuclear power plants, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 21.598 billion Svarttjernians 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 tiny, corrupt government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Education, Healthcare, and Law & Order are also considered important, while Spirituality and Social Policy aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Heimdal. The average income tax rate is 7.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Svarttjernian economy, worth a remarkable 4,060 trillion Reichsmarks a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Automobile Manufacturing, and Gambling. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 187,995 Reichsmarks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Toy versions of heroin paraphernalia let kids pretend to be their favourite TV characters, advertisers are struggling to make water sound cool to a twitchy public, pre-takeoff checks last longer than the flights themselves, and children who can't memorize their multiplication tables are sent to the mines. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Svarttjern's national animal is the raven, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is agnosticism.

Svarttjern is ranked 2,984th in the world and 7th in Nazi Europa for Highest Economic Output, with 4,060 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Largest Manufacturing Sector: 392ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 403rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 529thMost Armed: 1,201stMost Influential: 1,403rdLargest Gambling Industry: 1,526thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,187thTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 2,697thLargest Black Market: 2,764thHighest Economic Output: 2,984thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,442ndMost Secular: 4,907thMost Stationary: 5,899thLargest Populations: 6,287thHealthiest Citizens: 6,608thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,765thRudest Citizens: 6,767thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,889thHighest Average Incomes: 8,067thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,984thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,463rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,371stTop
Best Weather: 12,855thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,261stMost Cultured: 13,547thSmartest Citizens: 13,802ndMost Developed: 17,474thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22,451st
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 4th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 6th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 8th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 8th in the region

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