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Most Valuable International Artwork: 5thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,244thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,225th
The Regional Nation of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Democracy is strong, debate robust, and rum plentiful.
Regional Nation
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Political Freedom

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The Northern Light

Population13.255 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 even hand, and remarkable for its prohibition of alcohol, zero percent divorce rate, and ritual sacrifices. The compassionate, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 13.255 billion TNPers 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 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 40.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Northern Lightian economy, worth a remarkable 2,523 trillion Pacific Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Furniture Restoration, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 190,370 Pacific Dollars, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 604,547 per year while the poor average 45,672, a ratio of 13.2 to 1.

Search and rescue forces now accept cheques and all major credit cards, human sacrifice to the metaphorical altar of Mammon ensures national prosperity, census workers are having a hard time figuring out who is actually living in The Northern Light after the ban on emigration was lifted, and terrorist videos start by thanking their sponsors. 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 219,639th in the world and 10,063rd in The North Pacific for Largest Retail Industry, scoring -25.2 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 5thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,244thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2,225thMost Devout: 2,413thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,424thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,707thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,821stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,637thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,919thLargest Black Market: 5,010thHighest Economic Output: 5,693rdHealthiest Citizens: 6,180thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,268thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,338thLowest Crime Rates: 7,088thHighest Average Incomes: 7,302ndMost Corrupt Governments: 7,330thMost Efficient Economies: 8,830thMost Stationary: 10,442ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,584thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,949thTop
Largest Mining Sector: 11,643rdMost Influential: 12,529thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 13,417thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,738thSmartest Citizens: 14,946thBest Weather: 17,977thLargest Populations: 18,546thLargest Governments: 18,940thMost Subsidized Industry: 20,057thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 20,899thMost Compassionate Citizens: 21,066th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 51st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 98th in the regionMost Devout: 99th in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 108th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 152nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 154th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 158th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 167th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 170th in the regionLargest Black Market: 216th in the regionMost Stationary: 222nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 249th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 335th in the regionLargest Populations: 344th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 345th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 351st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 367th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 370th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 432nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 486th in the regionTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 547th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 623rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 629th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 634th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 752nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 757th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 826th in the regionLargest Governments: 948th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 964th in the regionBest Weather: 997th in the region

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