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The Empire of Skandinavistan

“Through science will we reach the stars”

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Unproven

Location: Balder



Population7.063 billion

LeaderTheodor Walve


The Empire of Skandinavistan is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Theodor Walve with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, free-roaming dinosaurs, and otherworldly petting zoo. The compassionate, democratic population of 7.063 billion Skandinavistanians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The large government prioritizes Education, although Defense, Environment, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stockholm. The average income tax rate is 84.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Skandinavistanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,020 trillion Euros a year, is quite specialized and dominated 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 144,420 Euros, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Being Theodor Walve has been voted one of the top ten most dangerous jobs, extraordinary tribunals try accused financial criminals, signs at the border tell international drivers where they can put their cars, and tax-payers are funding ever more extravagant movie projects. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Skandinavistan's national animal is the Dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Skandinavistan is ranked 6,227th in the world and 307th in Balder for Longest Average Lifespans, with 92.01 Years.

Least Corrupt Governments: 2,302ndSafest: 2,416thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,413thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,898thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,924thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,262ndBest Weather: 4,292ndMost Influential: 4,298thNicest Citizens: 4,443rdHealthiest Citizens: 5,109thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,442ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,449thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,536thMost Developed: 5,615thMost Inclusive: 5,682ndSmartest Citizens: 5,885thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,227thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,326thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,200thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,693rdMost Cultured: 9,038thLowest Crime Rates: 9,985thTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,652ndLargest Governments: 10,792ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,805thMost Pacifist: 11,423rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,292ndMost Secular: 12,360thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,656thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,116thHighest Average Incomes: 14,799thHighest Economic Output: 16,443rdLargest Welfare Programs: 16,523rdMost Efficient Economies: 19,219th
Most Influential: 30th in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 94th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 113th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 114th in the regionSafest: 116th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 159th in the regionBest Weather: 182nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 196th in the regionNicest Citizens: 208th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 233rd in the regionMost Developed: 235th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 237th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 243rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 246th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 250th in the regionMost Inclusive: 260th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 307th in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 401st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 465th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 472nd in the regionMost Cultured: 479th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 549th in the regionMost Secular: 554th in the regionLargest Governments: 590th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 602nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 614th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 632nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 643rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 727th in the region

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