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Most Valuable International Artwork: 12thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 946thMost Armed: 2,248th
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The Northern Light

Population16.689 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 remarkable for its enslaved workforce, compulsory military service, and ubiquitous missile silos. The compassionate, cynical, humorless, devout population of 16.689 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 59.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Northern Lightian economy, worth a remarkable 3,355 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 extensive. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 201,061 Pacific Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

The official Northern Lightian Phrase Book weighs as much as a small child, soldiers stream their classified military operations live for millions of fans, TV coverage of music festivals consists mostly of backstage interviews, and political clichés like "band-aid solutions" and "adrenaline shots to the economy" are headed for the dumpster. 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 33,429th in the world and 1,454th in The North Pacific for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 4,947.96 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 12thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 946thMost Armed: 2,248thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,291stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,519thMost Devout: 2,602ndTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,221stHighest Economic Output: 4,853rdLargest Black Market: 4,934thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,996thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5,531stMost Patriotic: 5,826thLowest Crime Rates: 5,954thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,046thMost Efficient Economies: 7,077thHighest Average Incomes: 7,237thHealthiest Citizens: 7,608thLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,681stHighest Poor Incomes: 7,748thMost Stationary: 8,573rdLongest Average Lifespans: 8,909thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,858thHighest Disposable Incomes: 9,930thMost Developed: 10,040thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,168thLargest Mining Sector: 11,478thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,127thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,970thMost Influential: 13,161stTop
Smartest Citizens: 14,935thLargest Governments: 15,219thLargest Populations: 16,814thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 17,516thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,907thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18,108thMost Inclusive: 18,875thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 21,897thBest Weather: 24,401stMost Compassionate Citizens: 25,583rd
Most Valuable International Artwork: 5th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 34th in the regionMost Armed: 71st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 86th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 93rd in the regionMost Devout: 97th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 103rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 126th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 157th in the regionMost Stationary: 176th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 202nd in the regionMost Patriotic: 252nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 253rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 271st in the regionLargest Populations: 293rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 299th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 310th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 324th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 334th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 379th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 390th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 393rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 400th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 448th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 510th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 538th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 538th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 559th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 562nd in the regionMost Developed: 582nd in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 757th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 763rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 782nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 811th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 974th in the regionMost Inclusive: 1,030th in the regionBest Weather: 1,147th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,310th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1,312th in the region

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