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The Free Land of Nord Botten

“You Can't Stop Progress”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific


Nord Botten

Population5.761 billion



The Free Land of Nord Botten is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its museums and concert halls, national health service, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 5.761 billion Nord Bottenians 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 government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Norden. The average income tax rate is 96.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Nord Bottenian economy, worth a remarkable 1,063 trillion marks a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 184,536 marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Boats straying just metres away from the shore will raise the ire of the Coast Guard, the Museum of Blackacrean War Crimes is located on "Blackacre Did Nothing Wrong Avenue", atheist missionaries spread doubt overseas, and every day has been a surprise since weather reporters turned to consulting ancient totems for their seven-day forecasts. Crime is totally unknown. Nord Botten's national animal is the wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Nord Botten is ranked 84,571st in the world and 4,388th in The North Pacific for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 593.99 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Most Influential: 1,297thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,632ndTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,864thMost Developed: 2,740thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,953rdMost Inclusive: 3,258thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,334thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,596thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,730thLargest Governments: 3,781stNicest Citizens: 3,877thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,918thHealthiest Citizens: 3,940thSmartest Citizens: 3,985thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,146thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,301stMost Secular: 4,336thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,938thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,084thLowest Crime Rates: 5,193rdLargest Publishing Industry: 5,437thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,452ndLargest Welfare Programs: 5,581stMost Pacifist: 5,926thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,979thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,369thBest Weather: 6,922ndMost Efficient Economies: 7,204thMost Cultured: 7,207thHighest Average Incomes: 7,228thTop
Safest: 12,876thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,380thHighest Economic Output: 13,607thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15,276thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,810th
Most Subsidized Industry: 66th in the regionTop
Most Developed: 154th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 167th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 174th in the regionLargest Governments: 181st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 197th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 199th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 206th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 209th in the regionMost Inclusive: 214th in the regionMost Secular: 222nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 226th in the regionNicest Citizens: 231st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 237th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 239th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 240th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 246th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 247th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 261st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 267th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 269th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 286th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 291st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 298th in the regionMost Pacifist: 327th in the regionMost Cultured: 344th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 353rd in the regionBest Weather: 376th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 428th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 514th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 520th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 587th in the regionSafest: 678th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 738th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 757th in the regionLargest Populations: 764th in the region

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