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The Holy Empire of North Insomnia

“Hear me roar”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The East Pacific

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North Insomnia

Population4.064 billion

CapitalHeadachent
LeaderMad Loser
Faithourselves

Currencypiastre
Animaldragon

The Holy Empire of North Insomnia is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Mad Loser with a fair hand, and notable for its national health service, irreverence towards religion, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 4.064 billion North Insomnians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Headachent. The average income tax rate is 96.5%.

The frighteningly efficient North Insomnian economy, worth 730 trillion piastres a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 179,849 piastres, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

North Insomnia's free colleges struggle to maintain standards in the face of overwhelming demand, large-girthed charity workers assign themselves healthy wages for their work with starving children, the nation is noticeably more cheerful on Tuesdays, and all footpaths have tollbooths. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. North Insomnia's national animal is the dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is ourselves.

North Insomnia is ranked 178,362nd in the world and 7,004th in The East Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring -74.22 on the Rand Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 724thMost Compassionate Citizens: 730thLargest Publishing Industry: 752ndNicest Citizens: 760thMost Cultured: 897thMost Inclusive: 925thMost Beautiful Environments: 998thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,140thMost Pacifist: 1,269thBest Weather: 1,365thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,510thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,512thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,599thMost Developed: 1,781stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,852ndTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 2,160thSmartest Citizens: 2,428thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,743rdHighest Poor Incomes: 2,853rdMost Advanced Public Education: 2,888thMost Influential: 2,937thHealthiest Citizens: 2,975thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,254thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,395thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,499thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,646thLargest Governments: 3,715thSafest: 4,431stLowest Crime Rates: 5,076thMost Secular: 7,626thHighest Average Incomes: 8,394thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,564thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 10,559thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,094thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,844thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,106thMost Income Equality: 18,152nd
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 18th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 18th in the regionNicest Citizens: 19th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 21st in the regionMost Cultured: 23rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 29th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 30th in the regionMost Inclusive: 30th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 30th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 36th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 42nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 43rd in the regionBest Weather: 43rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 44th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 51st in the regionMost Developed: 53rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 68th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 70th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 77th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 81st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 83rd in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 86th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 87th in the regionLargest Governments: 96th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 108th in the regionSafest: 128th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 135th in the regionMost Influential: 183rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 196th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 216th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 233rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 269th in the regionMost Secular: 287th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 301st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 339th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 367th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 381st in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 444th in the regionNudest: 480th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 596th in the regionLargest Populations: 726th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 749th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in North Insomnia, all footpaths have tollbooths.
  • : Following new legislation in North Insomnia, the nation is noticeably more cheerful on Tuesdays.
  • : Following new legislation in North Insomnia, large-girthed charity workers assign themselves healthy wages for their work with starving children.
  • : Following new legislation in North Insomnia, North Insomnia's free colleges struggle to maintain standards in the face of overwhelming demand.
  • : North Insomnia voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Access to Abortion".
  • : Following new legislation in North Insomnia, no one is worried about government policies any more.
  • : Following new legislation in North Insomnia, a newly discovered small mammal's name translates into North Insomnian as 'your finger, you fool'.
  • : Following new legislation in North Insomnia, the weather report is the prisoners' favourite programme.
  • : Following new legislation in North Insomnia, politicians tend to jump ship to whichever party is currently leading in the polls.
  • : Following new legislation in North Insomnia, droves of former desperados are applying to join the border police.

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