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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

Population13.78 billion

CapitalMagicality City
LeaderThe North Pacific Delegate
FaithFlemingovianism

CurrencyPacific Dollar
AnimalMcMasterdonian Lion

The Regional Nation of The Northern Light is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by The North Pacific Delegate with an iron fist, and remarkable for its enslaved workforce, avant-garde cinema, and suspicion of poets. The compassionate, cynical, humorless, devout population of 13.78 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 54.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Northern Lightian economy, worth a remarkable 2,709 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 frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 196,640 Pacific Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

It's rare to find an unchewed pencil, artists from across the nation compete to renovate the restrooms of old government buildings, only 'organics' are permitted to be citizens, and dealers go from pushing drugs to pushing up daisies. 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 4th in the world and 1st in The North Pacific for Most Valuable International Artwork, with 204,569.39 Bank.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 4thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,089thMost Armed: 2,001stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,151stTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,388thMost Devout: 2,552ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,265thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,504thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,579thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,115thHighest Economic Output: 5,359thLowest Crime Rates: 5,496thHealthiest Citizens: 6,107thLargest Black Market: 6,114thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,425thMost Efficient Economies: 6,488thHighest Average Incomes: 6,826thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,578thHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,625thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,246thMost Developed: 9,610thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,066thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,100thMost Stationary: 10,147thLargest Mining Sector: 11,404thTop
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Most Influential: 12,166thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,012thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,181stLargest Governments: 14,767thSmartest Citizens: 15,007thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 15,991stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17,830thLargest Populations: 18,355thMost Inclusive: 18,658thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19,053rdBest Weather: 19,377thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22,095thMost Compassionate Citizens: 22,180th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 46th in the regionMost Armed: 65th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 92nd in the regionTop
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Most Devout: 99th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 110th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 151st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 165th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 177th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 198th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 212th in the regionMost Stationary: 212th in the regionLargest Black Market: 268th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 281st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 287th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 309th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 321st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 355th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 362nd in the regionLargest Populations: 400th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 404th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 455th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 457th in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 562nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 567th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 570th in the regionMost Developed: 577th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 584th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 650th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 705th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 707th in the regionLargest Governments: 743rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 794th in the region

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