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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 152ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 319thMost Influential: 597th
The Last True Viking of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Until the End, Never Broken
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Population12.606 billion

LeaderEmperor Irwin IV


The Last True Viking of Esplandia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Irwin IV with an even hand, and notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, ban on automobiles, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 12.606 billion Esplandians 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 Education, Industry, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Karthied. The average income tax rate is 84.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Esplandish economy, worth a remarkable 1,922 trillion Scylds a year, is quite specialized and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Cheese Exports, and Arms Manufacturing. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 152,521 Scylds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

The richest individuals apparently buy nothing but noodles and toilet paper, Chekhov's guns are killing the entertainment budget, athletic teenagers are among the wealthiest members of society, and hiding wrinkles with make-up is illegal. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Esplandia's national animal is the Falcon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Aelostianism.

Esplandia is ranked 180,167th in the world and 6,631st in The North Pacific for Most Primitive, scoring -99.85 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Largest Cheese Export Sector: 152ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 319thMost Influential: 597thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,082ndTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 2,634thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,903rdMost Advanced Public Education: 3,925thLargest Retail Industry: 4,652ndMost Efficient Economies: 4,816thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,104thMost Cultured: 5,123rdLargest Publishing Industry: 5,127thLargest Black Market: 5,184thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,856thLowest Crime Rates: 6,312thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,827thMost Stationary: 6,925thMost Developed: 7,038thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,278thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,936thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,945thHighest Economic Output: 8,955thLargest Governments: 10,172ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,571stMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,634thMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,869thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,091stSmartest Citizens: 11,496thTop
Healthiest Citizens: 11,761stHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,337thBest Weather: 13,095thHighest Average Incomes: 13,752ndHighest Food Quality: 13,979thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 20,504th
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 80th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 139th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 158th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 166th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 200th in the regionMost Influential: 205th in the regionLargest Black Market: 237th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 237th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 241st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 250th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 260th in the regionMost Cultured: 268th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 277th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 288th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 294th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 342nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 399th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 414th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 414th in the regionMost Developed: 436th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 454th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 462nd in the regionMost Average: 483rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 486th in the regionLargest Populations: 491st in the regionLargest Governments: 527th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 611th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 624th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 646th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 692nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 697th in the regionBest Weather: 753rd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 810th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 830th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 866th in the region

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