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Lowest Crime Rates: 817thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 874thLargest Governments: 1,193rd
The Hyperborean Empire of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
In the Gods We Trust
Influence
Eminence Grise
Founder / Chief Executive
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Vostag

Population15.741 billion

CapitalCommoriom
LeaderKaiser Thor Odinson
FaithSidr

CurrencyMark
AnimalRaven

The Hyperborean Empire of Vostag is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Kaiser Thor Odinson with an even hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, sprawling nuclear power plants, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 15.741 billion Hyperboreans 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, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Commoriom. The average income tax rate is 99.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Hyperborean economy, worth a remarkable 3,732 trillion Marks a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 237,112 Marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Police officers have been re-kitted with designer uniforms and gold-plated handcuffs, the breathalyser pledge is a traditional part of marriages in Vostag, every workday begins with group therapy, and teachers prefer to give 'Maybe, Maybe Not' tests when dealing with sensitive subjects. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Vostag's national animal is the Raven, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Sidr.

Vostag is ranked 63,849th in the world and 21st in Barbaria for Most Politically Free, scoring 70.86 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Lowest Crime Rates: 817thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 874thLargest Governments: 1,193rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,204thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,241stMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,374thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,658thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,829thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 2,229thMost Developed: 2,233rdSafest: 2,378thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,413thRudest Citizens: 2,958thSmartest Citizens: 2,989thHighest Economic Output: 3,008thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,259thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,632ndMost Advanced Public Education: 3,660thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,935thHighest Average Incomes: 3,941stMost Beautiful Environments: 4,027thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,325thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,450thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,552ndMost Cultured: 4,789thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,754thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,940thMost Influential: 8,572ndLargest Publishing Industry: 9,894thTop
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Largest Populations: 12,008thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,839thLargest Mining Sector: 18,191stMost Stationary: 19,934th
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 8th in the regionMost Inclusive: 9th in the region

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