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The Last True Viking of Esplandia

“Until the End, Never Broken”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The North Pacific

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Esplandia

Population12.395 billion

CapitalKarthied
LeaderEmperor Irwin IV
FaithAelostianism

CurrencyScyld
AnimalFalcon

The Last True Viking of Esplandia is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Emperor Irwin IV with an even hand, and renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, flagrant waste-dumping, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 12.395 billion Esplandians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Karthied. The average income tax rate is 84.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Esplandish economy, worth a remarkable 1,864 trillion Scylds a year, is quite specialized and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Cheese Exports, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 150,426 Scylds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

The richest individuals apparently buy nothing but noodles and toilet paper, Chekhov's guns are killing the entertainment budget, athletic teenagers are among the wealthiest members of society, and hiding wrinkles with make-up is illegal. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Esplandia's national animal is the Falcon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Aelostianism.

Esplandia is ranked 23,650th in the world and 487th in The North Pacific for Largest Populations, with 12.4 billion Capita.

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 153rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 299thMost Influential: 574thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,036thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 2,497thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,786thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,731stLargest Retail Industry: 4,709thMost Efficient Economies: 4,774thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,969thMost Cultured: 5,125thLargest Black Market: 5,156thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,713thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,078thLowest Crime Rates: 6,334thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,972ndMost Developed: 7,028thMost Stationary: 7,087thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,108thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,661stLongest Average Lifespans: 7,900thHighest Economic Output: 9,121stLargest Governments: 10,081stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,626thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,681stMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,949thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,476thHealthiest Citizens: 11,815thSmartest Citizens: 11,912thTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 12,260thBest Weather: 12,385thHighest Average Incomes: 14,066thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 20,472ndLargest Populations: 23,650th
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 71st in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 140th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 148th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 168th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 187th in the regionMost Influential: 201st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 227th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 239th in the regionLargest Black Market: 241st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 242nd in the regionMost Cultured: 265th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 281st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 282nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 284th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 290th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 338th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 394th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 406th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 429th in the regionMost Developed: 430th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 463rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 475th in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 487th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 491st in the regionLargest Governments: 517th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 613th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 638th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 652nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 695th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 708th in the regionBest Weather: 724th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 895th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 895th in the region

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