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The Holy Nordic Kingdom of Blahblah2017

“Det usynlige varer for evig”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific

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Blahblah2017

Population5.534 billion

CapitalVirkebloc
LeaderKing Olafson the Magnificent
FaithSeventeenian Evangelical Church

CurrencyKrone
AnimalEmperor Penguin

The Holy Nordic Kingdom of Blahblah2017 is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by King Olafson the Magnificent with a fair hand, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, triple-decker prams, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-working, democratic, devout population of 5.534 billion Seventeeners enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Administration, Environment, and Healthcare also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Virkebloc. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 51.5%.

The all-consuming Seventeenian economy, worth 595 trillion Kroner a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 107,650 Kroner, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 340,780 per year while the poor average 25,945, a ratio of 13.1 to 1.

Graffiti artists spend lengthy periods of time in jail, textbooks are exactly twice as heavy as they used to be, atheists on vacation find Seventeenian Evangelical Church's scriptures make useful doorstops, and the saying 'break a leg' is now taken literally. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Blahblah2017's national animal is the Emperor Penguin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Seventeenian Evangelical Church.

Blahblah2017 is ranked 66,316th in the world and 2,733rd in the South Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring 53.56 on the Rand Index.

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Most Influential: 2,858thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,366thMost Devout: 6,529thSafest: 7,941stLargest Retail Industry: 9,309thLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,884thTop
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Most Cultured: 11,002ndMost Pacifist: 11,171stMost Beautiful Environments: 11,236thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 12,078thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,932ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14,243rdSmartest Citizens: 14,512thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,953rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,095thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,123rdBest Weather: 16,629thRudest Citizens: 19,123rdMost Developed: 20,455th
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Most Devout: 177th in the regionSafest: 281st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 283rd in the regionMost Cultured: 318th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 337th in the regionRudest Citizens: 359th in the regionMost Influential: 360th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 398th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 402nd in the regionTop
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Most Pacifist: 433rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 435th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 448th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 449th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 465th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 469th in the regionLargest Populations: 493rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 505th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 509th in the regionBest Weather: 541st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 562nd in the regionMost Developed: 586th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 692nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 768th in the regionMost Politically Free: 781st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 787th in the region

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