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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:
Very Good
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: The North Pacific

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The Northern Light

Population9.12 billion

CurrencyPacific Dollar
AnimalMcMasterdonian Lion

The Regional Nation of The Northern Light is a colossal, socially progressive nation, notable for its complete lack of prisons, compulsory vegetarianism, and compulsory military service. The hard-working population of 9.12 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 large government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Spirituality. The average income tax rate is 42.6%.

The strong Northern Lightian economy, worth 507 trillion Pacific Dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, fairly diversified black market in Cheese Exports, Basket Weaving, Automobile Manufacturing, and Gambling. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 55,692 Pacific Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.7 times as much as the poorest.

Vegetarianism is compulsory, citizens select which government department gets their income tax Pacific Dollars each year, surveillance cameras are banned, and young children are regularly seen wagering pocket money at blackjack tables. 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.

The Northern Light is ranked 43,712th in the world and 2,247th in The North Pacific for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring 11,230.82 on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,507thTop
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Most Influential: 13,325thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 16,733rd
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 254th in the regionMost Stationary: 395th in the regionLargest Populations: 429th in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 486th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 736th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 757th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 831st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 916th in the region

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