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The Regional Nation of The Northern Light

“Democracy is strong, debate robust, and rum plentiful.”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: The North Pacific

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The Northern Light

Population13.052 billion

CapitalMagicality City
LeaderThe North Pacific Delegate
FaithFlemingovianism

CurrencyPacific Dollar
AnimalMcMasterdonian Lion

The Regional Nation of The Northern Light is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by The North Pacific Delegate with an even hand, and notable for its ritual sacrifices, ubiquitous missile silos, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 13.052 billion TNPers have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Magicality City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 36.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Northern Lightian economy, worth a remarkable 2,345 trillion Pacific Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Furniture Restoration, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 179,686 Pacific Dollars, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 555,671 per year while the poor average 44,797, a ratio of 12.4 to 1.

Magicality City is a police state during international summits, the internet has been placed under government control, society and government have been organized according to a feudal hierarchy, and high school bands practice by moonlight. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Northern Light's national animal is the McMasterdonian Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Flemingovianism.

The Northern Light is ranked 40,880th in the world and 1,978th in The North Pacific for Highest Poor Incomes, with 44,797.48 Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 4thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,382ndTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2,351stMost Devout: 2,368thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,437thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,860thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,288thHealthiest Citizens: 6,055thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,087thLargest Black Market: 6,192ndHighest Economic Output: 6,201stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,620thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,862ndLowest Crime Rates: 7,061stLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,413thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,486thHighest Average Incomes: 8,498thLargest Mining Sector: 9,542ndMost Efficient Economies: 10,208thMost Stationary: 10,535thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,823rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,197thTop
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Most Influential: 12,663rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 12,961stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,228thSmartest Citizens: 14,600thLargest Populations: 18,658thBest Weather: 19,249thLargest Governments: 21,400thMost Developed: 22,254th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 62nd in the regionMost Devout: 98th in the regionTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 111th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 119th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 171st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 182nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 184th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 221st in the regionMost Stationary: 225th in the regionLargest Black Market: 252nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 293rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 318th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 328th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 343rd in the regionLargest Populations: 343rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 349th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 364th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 395th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 412th in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 556th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 577th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 614th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 625th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 735th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 737th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 776th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 819th in the region

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