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The Regional Nation of The Northern Light

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

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: The North Pacific

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The Northern Light

Population16.701 billion

CapitalMagicality City
LeaderThe North Pacific Delegate
FaithFlemingovianism

CurrencyPacific Dollar
AnimalMcMasterdonian Lion

The Regional Nation of The Northern Light is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by The North Pacific Delegate with an iron fist, and renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, pith helmet sales, and avowedly heterosexual populace. The compassionate, cynical, humorless, devout population of 16.701 billion TNPers are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

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. The average income tax rate is 59.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Northern Lightian economy, worth a remarkable 3,357 trillion Pacific Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Furniture Restoration, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 201,061 Pacific Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

The official Northern Lightian Phrase Book weighs as much as a small child, soldiers stream their classified military operations live for millions of fans, TV coverage of music festivals consists mostly of backstage interviews, and political clichés like "band-aid solutions" and "adrenaline shots to the economy" are headed for the dumpster. 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 and its national religion is Flemingovianism.

The Northern Light is ranked 5,854th in the world and 254th in The North Pacific for Most Patriotic, with 55.57 flags saluted per person per day.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 12thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 946thMost Armed: 2,257thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,297thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,519thMost Devout: 2,608thTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,213thHighest Economic Output: 4,855thLargest Black Market: 4,937thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,972ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5,515thMost Patriotic: 5,854thLowest Crime Rates: 5,966thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,065thMost Efficient Economies: 7,077thHighest Average Incomes: 7,262ndHealthiest Citizens: 7,615thLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,663rdHighest Poor Incomes: 7,752ndMost Stationary: 8,574thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,910thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,846thHighest Disposable Incomes: 9,937thMost Developed: 10,066thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,174thLargest Mining Sector: 11,445thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,158thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,003rdMost Influential: 13,166thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 14,958thLargest Governments: 15,238thLargest Populations: 16,804thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 17,501stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,927thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18,132ndMost Inclusive: 18,896thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 21,911thBest Weather: 24,383rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 25,514th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 5th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 34th in the regionMost Armed: 71st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 86th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 93rd in the regionMost Devout: 97th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 103rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 125th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 157th in the regionMost Stationary: 176th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 202nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 247th in the regionMost Patriotic: 254th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 269th in the regionLargest Populations: 292nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 297th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 305th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 323rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 334th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 378th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 390th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 392nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 403rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 446th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 510th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 532nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 537th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 557th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 566th in the regionMost Developed: 580th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 755th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 758th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 779th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 811th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 973rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 1,028th in the regionBest Weather: 1,151st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,300th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1,308th in the region

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