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Lowest Crime Rates: 913thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,146thLargest Governments: 1,302nd
The Hyperborean Empire of
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Vostag

Population18.204 billion

CapitalCommoriom
LeaderKaiser Thor Odinson
FaithCeremonial Deism-Secularism

CurrencyMark
AnimalRaven

The Hyperborean Empire of Vostag is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Kaiser Thor Odinson with a fair hand, and renowned for its daily referendums, compulsory gun ownership, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 18.204 billion Hyperboreans enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The large, corrupt, outspoken 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 4,325 trillion Marks a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 237,614 Marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Bouncers at the door of the sweet shop warn five-year-olds not to cause trouble, prominent cultural symbols are featured on the backs of cereal boxes, construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway, and gun ownership is compulsory. 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 Ceremonial Deism-Secularism.

Vostag is ranked 229,034th in the world and 146th in Barbaria for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 19.01 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

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Lowest Crime Rates: 913thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,146thLargest Governments: 1,302ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,349thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,365thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,462ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,736thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,787thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,898thMost Efficient Economies: 2,195thRudest Citizens: 2,275thTop
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Most Developed: 2,388thHighest Economic Output: 2,851stMost Armed: 2,895thSmartest Citizens: 2,945thSafest: 3,186thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,187thMost Patriotic: 3,610thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,618thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,801stMost Advanced Public Education: 4,053rdMost Beautiful Environments: 4,117thHighest Average Incomes: 4,202ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,477thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,484thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,538thMost Cultured: 4,554thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,470thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,122ndMost Influential: 7,994thHighest Food Quality: 8,952ndLargest Publishing Industry: 9,764thLargest Populations: 11,269thTop
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Most Stationary: 15,810thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 16,176thLargest Mining Sector: 22,047th
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Largest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Armed: 6th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Patriotic: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionTop
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Most Politically Free: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Stationary: 12th in the region

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