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Most Valuable International Artwork: 4thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,095thMost Armed: 1,988th
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The Northern Light

Population13.725 billion

CapitalMagicality City
LeaderThe North Pacific Delegate

CurrencyPacific Dollar
AnimalMcMasterdonian Lion

The Regional Nation of The Northern Light is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by The North Pacific Delegate with an iron fist, and renowned for its smutty television, ritual sacrifices, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, cynical, humorless, devout population of 13.725 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 2,698 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 4,540th in the world and 167th in The North Pacific for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 6,450.82 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 4thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,095thMost Armed: 1,988thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,138thTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,371stMost Devout: 2,530thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,217thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,462ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,540thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,095thHighest Economic Output: 5,351stLowest Crime Rates: 5,490thHealthiest Citizens: 6,056thLargest Black Market: 6,074thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,394thMost Efficient Economies: 6,457thHighest Average Incomes: 6,781stHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,530thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,570thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,251stMost Developed: 9,604thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,048thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,073rdMost Stationary: 10,165thLargest Mining Sector: 11,273rdTop
Most Influential: 12,309thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,939thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,097thLargest Governments: 14,737thSmartest Citizens: 14,954thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 15,889thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17,623rdLargest Populations: 18,362ndMost Inclusive: 18,565thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18,928thBest Weather: 19,280thMost Compassionate Citizens: 22,018thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22,080th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 49th in the regionMost Armed: 65th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 92nd in the regionTop
Most Devout: 97th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 108th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 149th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 167th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 173rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 193rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 212th in the regionMost Stationary: 214th in the regionLargest Black Market: 265th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 280th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 283rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 306th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 321st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 349th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 356th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 393rd in the regionLargest Populations: 398th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 454th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 460th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 553rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 573rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 577th in the regionMost Developed: 583rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 595th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 635th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 693rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 704th in the regionLargest Governments: 741st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 801st in the region

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