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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 5,499thMost Primitive: 5,728thMost Devout: 7,006th
The Kingdom of
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Influence
Ambassador
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Great Nortend

Population12.157 billion

CapitalLendert-with-Cadell
LeaderKing Alexander II
FaithChurch of Nortend

Currencypound marten
Animallion

The Kingdom of Great Nortend is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by King Alexander II with an iron fist, and renowned for its compulsory military service, public floggings, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 12.157 billion Nortchmen 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 enormous, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lendert-with-Cadell. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 63.1%.

The powerhouse Erbonian economy, worth 919 trillion pound martens a year, is led by the Basket Weaving industry, with major contributions from Cheese Exports, Arms Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 75,618 pound martens, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 219,316 per year while the poor average 20,649, a ratio of 10.6 to 1.

Many politicians are serving jail time for minor drug offenses, jaywalking is punishable by public flogging, the clergy of Church of Nortend remains a single-sex institution, and the judicial system legislates morality. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Great Nortend's national animal is the lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Church of Nortend.

Great Nortend is ranked 53,898th in the world and 8th in Astyria for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 63.12 Effective Tax Rate.

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 5,499thMost Primitive: 5,728thMost Devout: 7,006thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9,471stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,885thLargest Black Market: 12,108thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,518thMost Conservative: 14,894thTop
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Most Authoritarian: 15,756thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 16,202ndMost Stationary: 16,882ndMost Influential: 20,361stMost Ignorant Citizens: 26,062ndMost Cultured: 26,213thHighest Economic Output: 26,973rdMost Subsidized Industry: 29,636thLargest Populations: 29,751stMost Corrupt Governments: 30,148th
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Most Extreme: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Great Nortend was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Great Nortend was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Great Nortend was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Great Nortend's influence in Astyria rose from "Diplomat" to "Ambassador".
  • : Great Nortend was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Great Nortend was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Great Nortend was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Dead.
  • : Great Nortend was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Zombies.
  • : Great Nortend was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Great Nortend was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Populations.

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