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The Kingdom of Rolven

“Drevet av naturen.”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
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World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: Nordic Lands



Population7.722 billion

LeaderBirgitta Raske

AnimalRed Deer

The Kingdom of Rolven is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Birgitta Raske with a fair hand, and remarkable for its soft-spoken computers, national health service, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 7.722 billion Rolves 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, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Borgund. The average income tax rate is 98.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Rolvish economy, worth a remarkable 1,278 trillion Kroner 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 Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Basket Weaving. Average income is an impressive 165,589 Kroner, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Explicit slash fiction is repackaged for kindergarten kids as stories about friends cuddling friends, children dream of becoming physicians and physicists, Birgitta Raske is frequently seen begging critics to stop insulting the government, and cotton candy made from genuine cotton cellulose doesn't quite satisfy. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Rolven's national animal is the Red Deer, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Rolven is ranked 115,506th in the world and 23rd in Nordic Lands for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 75.77 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Safest: 1,062ndMost Pacifist: 1,116thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,298thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,400thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,452ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,624thTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 1,710thBest Weather: 1,747thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,823rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,932ndMost Advanced Public Education: 2,014thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,061stNicest Citizens: 2,077thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,105thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,138thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,182ndMost Developed: 2,328thHealthiest Citizens: 2,329thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,418thLowest Crime Rates: 2,602ndLargest Governments: 2,930thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,228thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,317thMost Inclusive: 3,403rdMost Cultured: 3,762ndSmartest Citizens: 3,781stHighest Poor Incomes: 3,816thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,860thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,159thMost Efficient Economies: 5,542ndTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 8,572ndMost Politically Free: 9,521stHighest Average Incomes: 9,725thMost Secular: 9,926thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,979thHighest Economic Output: 11,060th
Most Politically Free: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionSafest: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Rolven's influence in Nordic Lands rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Rolven was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : Rolven's influence in Nordic Lands rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Rolven's influence in Nordic Lands rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Rolven's influence in Nordic Lands rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Rolven's influence in Nordic Lands rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Rolven's influence in Nordic Lands rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Rolven relocated from Balder to Nordic Lands.
  • : Rolven altered its national flag.
  • : Following new legislation in Rolven, cotton candy made from genuine cotton cellulose doesn't quite satisfy.


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