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The Empire of Skandinavistan

“Through science will we reach the stars” Theodor Walve

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The East Pacific



Population5.4 billion

LeaderTheodor Walve


The Empire of Skandinavistan is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Theodor Walve with a fair hand, and notable for its daily referendums, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 5.4 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 juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stockholm. The average income tax rate is 83.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Skandinavistanian economy, worth 766 trillion Euros a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 142,008 Euros, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

School kids who pretend to drive imaginary cars get a social worker and a police observer assigned to them, it is a common belief that a sport isn't sport if there are no decapitations, crossword puzzles have been co-opted as a symbol of racial discrimination, and atheist missionaries spread doubt overseas. 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 2,095th in the world and 138th in The East Pacific for Most Influential, scoring 37,222 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,612thMost Influential: 2,095thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,232ndSafest: 2,433rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,013thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,699thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,760thNicest Citizens: 3,940thBest Weather: 4,301stHealthiest Citizens: 4,999thMost Inclusive: 5,013thMost Developed: 5,186thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,298thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,388thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,776thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,859thSmartest Citizens: 6,129thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,225thMost Pacifist: 7,373rdTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,622ndMost Advanced Public Education: 9,437thMost Cultured: 10,029thLowest Crime Rates: 10,112thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,709thMost Secular: 10,736thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,888thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,137thLargest Governments: 11,259thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,397thLargest Welfare Programs: 14,105thHighest Average Incomes: 14,164thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,187th
Least Corrupt Governments: 62nd in the regionTop
Safest: 65th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 79th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 86th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 114th in the regionNicest Citizens: 118th in the regionBest Weather: 122nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 132nd in the regionMost Influential: 138th in the regionMost Developed: 139th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 139th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 146th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 150th in the regionMost Inclusive: 150th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 152nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 161st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 163rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 170th in the regionMost Pacifist: 208th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 215th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 221st in the regionMost Stationary: 238th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 243rd in the regionMost Cultured: 247th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 251st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 260th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 261st in the regionLargest Governments: 264th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 265th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 311th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 323rd in the regionMost Secular: 328th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 332nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 346th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 357th in the regionNudest: 411th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 441st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 446th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 543rd in the region

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