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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

Population11.598 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 enslaved workforce, ubiquitous missile silos, and ban on automobiles. The compassionate, humorless, devout population of 11.598 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 medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Magicality City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 57.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Northern Lightian economy, worth a remarkable 1,852 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 extensive. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 159,701 Pacific Dollars, with the richest citizens earning 9.4 times as much as the poorest.

Children as young as six shock their parents by coming out of the closet, a rolling news ticker tape of disclaimers runs across the bottom of the screen on all TV shows, disadvantaged youths often commit felonies to enhance their educational prospects, and airplane passengers have been known to stuff pillows in their jackets to get extra arm room. 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 19,648th in the world and 393rd in The North Pacific for Largest Populations, with 11.6 billion Capita.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2ndTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,066thMost Devout: 3,162ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,946thLargest Black Market: 4,450thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,483rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5,627thLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,372ndHighest Economic Output: 7,512thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,512thLargest Mining Sector: 8,548thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,785thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,830thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 9,989thHealthiest Citizens: 10,374thHighest Average Incomes: 11,063rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,329thMost Influential: 11,475thMost Stationary: 11,499thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,030thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12,391stMost Efficient Economies: 14,381stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 15,368thHighest Disposable Incomes: 16,233rdSmartest Citizens: 16,608thMost Compassionate Citizens: 16,975thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,019th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 81st in the regionTop
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Most Devout: 131st in the regionLargest Black Market: 152nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 168th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 176th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 218th in the regionMost Stationary: 267th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 270th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 284th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 320th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 333rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 358th in the regionLargest Populations: 393rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 429th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 451st in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 498th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 505th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 506th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 512th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 554th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 623rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 671st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 708th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 727th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 845th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 845th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 848th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 937th in the regionLargest Governments: 942nd in the region

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