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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

Population14.266 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 ubiquitous missile silos, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, cynical, humorless, devout population of 14.266 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 2,805 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 244,021st in the world and 9,337th in The North Pacific for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, with 9.21 Whatever.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 7thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,102ndMost Armed: 2,023rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,239thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,510thMost Devout: 2,605thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,406thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,418thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,759thHighest Economic Output: 5,293rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,515thLowest Crime Rates: 5,660thHealthiest Citizens: 6,339thLargest Black Market: 6,412thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,596thMost Efficient Economies: 6,736thHighest Average Incomes: 7,032ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,683rdLongest Average Lifespans: 7,859thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,363rdMost Developed: 9,824thMost Stationary: 9,968thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,187thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,288thLargest Mining Sector: 11,345thTop
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Most Influential: 12,323rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,461stMost Subsidized Industry: 13,802ndLargest Governments: 15,080thSmartest Citizens: 15,361stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 16,900thLargest Populations: 18,288thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 18,689thMost Inclusive: 18,941stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19,180thBest Weather: 20,839thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22,573rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 23,080th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 47th in the regionMost Armed: 73rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 93rd in the regionTop
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Most Devout: 105th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 106th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 161st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 164th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 187th in the regionMost Stationary: 209th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 220th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 220th in the regionLargest Black Market: 284th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 301st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 309th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 318th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 344th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 374th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 377th in the regionLargest Populations: 403rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 433rd in the regionTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 474th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 482nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 579th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 580th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 581st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 581st in the regionMost Developed: 598th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 731st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 737th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 761st in the regionLargest Governments: 765th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 819th in the region

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