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The Betrygge Rāvenriket of Nordustra

“Vede kōmedde már i slussde!” Kaj Finesnes-Sjælvársson

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Forest

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Nordustra

Population1.475 billion

CapitalNattfáravík
LeaderKaj Finesnes-Sjælvársson
FaithChristianity and Fáuna-Spiritsm

Currencykrystil
Animalfive-legged ferret

The Betrygge Rāvenriket of Nordustra is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Kaj Finesnes-Sjælvársson with a fair hand, and notable for its complete lack of prisons, daily referendums, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.475 billion Nōrdustrāns love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nattfáravík. The average income tax rate is 89.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Nordustran economy, worth 181 trillion krystils a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 123,176 krystils, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Convicted murderers are free to walk the streets provided they attend rehabilitation classes, the volume of paperwork used to complete a single environmental assessment defeats the purpose, Kaj Finesnes-Sjælvársson's told that love often manifests itself through homicidal four-lettered litanies, and dog owners proudly declare that their pups can predict when the mailman will arrive. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Nordustra's national animal is the five-legged ferret, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Christianity and Fáuna-Spiritsm.

Nordustra is ranked 266,573rd in the world and 261st in Forest for Most Avoided, scoring 0.61 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 616thTop
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Most Pacifist: 3,047thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,681stMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,042ndNicest Citizens: 4,306thSafest: 4,326thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,382ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,845thMost Inclusive: 4,906thBest Weather: 5,207thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,731stHighest Food Quality: 6,253rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,356thHealthiest Citizens: 6,782ndMost Beautiful Environments: 7,112thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,132ndMost Influential: 7,913thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,066thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,257thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,644thMost Developed: 8,917thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,935thMost Cultured: 9,473rdHighest Poor Incomes: 9,956thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,090thMost Cheerful Citizens: 10,407thSmartest Citizens: 10,799thLowest Crime Rates: 11,213thLargest Governments: 12,521stTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 16,316thMost Income Equality: 16,756thMost Secular: 17,911thMost Scientifically Advanced: 21,115thMost Subsidized Industry: 23,149thHighest Average Incomes: 24,834thMost Efficient Economies: 25,700th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Nordustra, dog owners proudly declare that their pups can predict when the mailman will arrive.
  • : Following new legislation in Nordustra, Kaj Finesnes-Sjælvársson's told that love often manifests itself through homicidal four-lettered litanies.
  • : Following new legislation in Nordustra, the volume of paperwork used to complete a single environmental assessment defeats the purpose.
  • : Nordustra voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Rights for Crime Victims Act".
  • : Following new legislation in Nordustra, convicted murderers are free to walk the streets provided they attend rehabilitation classes.
  • : Following new legislation in Nordustra, the installation of street lights across remote goat tracks has left citizens bemused.
  • : Following new legislation in Nordustra, nothing gets the party jumping like Kaj Finesnes-Sjælvársson specifying how high.
  • : Following new legislation in Nordustra, the Twelve Steps To Logging Off is the most popular mobile download.
  • : Following new legislation in Nordustra, snap elections are called over every minor impasse.
  • : Following new legislation in Nordustra, "Kaj Finesnes-Sjælvársson got your tongue?" has become a popular idiom.

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