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The Taiga Folk of Northern Wood

“Melodies like footprints found in snow”

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

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Forest

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Northern Wood

Population7.974 billion

CapitalRadagast's Rest
LeaderKhagan of the Hunt
FaithEldersong

Currencyamber thorn
AnimalNorthern Moss Elk

The Taiga Folk of Northern Wood is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Khagan of the Hunt with a fair hand, and renowned for its smutty television, free-roaming dinosaurs, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 7.974 billion Taiga Folks 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 large, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Radagast's Rest. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Taiga Folk economy, worth a remarkable 2,487 trillion amber thorns a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 311,897 amber thorns, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Leather-clad individuals can be seen walking their slaves in public parks, you can't put down the nation's attitude to pet health, the art of conversation has been rediscovered, and children crying over dropped ice creams are offered high doses of experimental antidepressants. Crime is totally unknown. Northern Wood's national animal is the Northern Moss Elk, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Eldersong.

Northern Wood is ranked 485th in the world and 4th in Forest for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 14,705.36 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Largest Publishing Industry: 159thLeast Corrupt Governments: 188thBest Weather: 238thMost Developed: 240thMost Beautiful Environments: 252ndHighest Food Quality: 260thLongest Average Lifespans: 261stMost Cheerful Citizens: 265thHealthiest Citizens: 272ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 283rdNicest Citizens: 285thSafest: 300thMost Cultured: 303rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 328thMost Pacifist: 345thSmartest Citizens: 396thLargest Welfare Programs: 485thMost Efficient Economies: 500thLargest Governments: 548thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 554thHighest Poor Incomes: 585thMost Inclusive: 610thHighest Average Tax Rates: 655thLowest Crime Rates: 663rdMost Secular: 702ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 711thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 733rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 801stMost Advanced Public Education: 823rdMost Subsidized Industry: 1,263rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,394thHighest Average Incomes: 2,060thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,087thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,429thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 2,657thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,746thHighest Economic Output: 7,314thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,245thTop
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Most Patriotic: 14,401stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,898thMost Income Equality: 15,938thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,045thMost Stationary: 17,457thMost Influential: 18,471st
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Largest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionSafest: 4th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Pacifist: 6th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6th in the regionLargest Governments: 6th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 7th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 8th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 9th in the regionBest Weather: 10th in the regionMost Inclusive: 12th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 13th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 13th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 14th in the regionMost Secular: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 17th in the regionTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 25th in the regionMost Politically Free: 29th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 31st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 34th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Northern Wood, children crying over dropped ice creams are offered high doses of experimental antidepressants.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Wood, the art of conversation has been rediscovered.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Wood, you can't put down the nation's attitude to pet health.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Wood, leather-clad individuals can be seen walking their slaves in public parks.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Wood, Taiga Folks submit requests for a date in writing with an enclosed RSVP card.
  • : Northern Wood lodged a message on the Forest Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Wood, wildlife near farms is slowly becoming extinct.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Wood, sports fans complain that cricket tests now last an unbearable ten days.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Wood, suit-clad businessmen have been taking advantage of the relaxed welfare qualifications by shopping with food stamps.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Wood, pareidolic SETI scientists swear there's a message from aliens hidden within pi.

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