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Most Valuable International Artwork: 3rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,477thMost Devout: 2,286th
The Regional Nation of
Moralistic Democracy
Democracy is strong, debate robust, and rum plentiful.
Regional Nation
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The Northern Light

Population12.756 billion

CapitalMagicality City
LeaderThe North Pacific Delegate

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 compulsory military service, parental licensing program, and prohibition of alcohol. The compassionate, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 12.756 billion TNPers are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

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. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 28.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Northern Lightian economy, worth a remarkable 2,208 trillion Pacific Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Furniture Restoration, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 173,156 Pacific Dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 693,661 per year while the poor average 29,002, a ratio of 23.9 to 1.

Over a third of the seats in sports stadiums have been removed to make room for female-only commodes, couples kissing on the street are detained for 'unlawful exchange of genetic material', phone taps are frequently carried out by the police, and it is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma. 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 101,917th in the world and 5,243rd in The North Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 1,004.94 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 3rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,477thTop
Most Devout: 2,286thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,411thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,444thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,428thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,911thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,175thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,332ndLargest Black Market: 5,593rdHighest Economic Output: 6,554thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,949thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,350thHealthiest Citizens: 7,392ndMost Corrupt Governments: 7,398thLowest Crime Rates: 8,858thHighest Average Incomes: 9,265thLargest Mining Sector: 9,625thTop
Most Stationary: 10,732ndMost Efficient Economies: 12,727thMost Influential: 12,921stMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,119thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,353rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 14,107thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,470thBest Weather: 16,683rdSmartest Citizens: 18,193rdLargest Populations: 18,962nd
Most Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 75th in the regionTop
Most Devout: 94th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 108th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 110th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 113th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 144th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 167th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 181st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 193rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 228th in the regionMost Stationary: 233rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 272nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 342nd in the regionLargest Populations: 348th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 355th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 364th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 422nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 437th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 439th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 451st in the regionTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 525th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 616th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 671st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 718th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 737th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 788th in the regionBest Weather: 900th in the region

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