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Most Primitive: 7,742nd Most Devout: 9,038th Largest Cheese Export Sector: 12,569th
The Kingdom of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Magnus Dominus mecum sit
Influence
Page
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Good
Political Freedom
Few

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Great Nortend

Population3.856 billion

CapitalLendert-with-Cadell
LeaderKing Alexander the Second
FaithChurch of Nortend

Currencypound marten
Animallion

The Kingdom of Great Nortend is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by King Alexander the Second with an iron fist, and notable for its compulsory military service, zero percent divorce rate, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 3.856 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 large, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Law & Order, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lendert-with-Cadell. The average income tax rate is 49.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The Nortan economy, worth 190 trillion pound martens a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Basket Weaving, Cheese Exports, Trout Farming, and Pizza Delivery. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 49,277 pound martens, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Women wearing male lounge-wear are quizzed for hours by mental health practitioners, anyone who doesn't attend Official Governmental Religious Services is fined, the government tries not to listen to the people unless it absolutely has to, and bruised children are made to thank their bullies for the valuable life lessons. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded 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 120,844th in the world and 17th in Astyria for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 608.92 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Most Primitive: 7,742ndTop
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Most Devout: 9,038thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12,569thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16,423rdMost Conservative: 17,024thMost Ignorant Citizens: 17,030th
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Most Conservative: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Authoritarian: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Great Nortend's influence in Astyria rose from "Shoeshiner" to "Page".
  • : Great Nortend was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative and Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Great Nortend, bruised children are made to thank their bullies for the valuable life lessons.
  • : Following new legislation in Great Nortend, the government tries not to listen to the people unless it absolutely has to.
  • : Following new legislation in Great Nortend, anyone who doesn't attend Official Governmental Religious Services is fined.
  • : Following new legislation in Great Nortend, women wearing male lounge-wear are quizzed for hours by mental health practitioners.
  • : Following new legislation in Great Nortend, women are often jailed for failing to fetch their husbands' slippers.
  • : Great Nortend was reclassified from "Moralistic Democracy" to "Iron Fist Consumerists".
  • : Great Nortend's influence in Astyria rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Great Nortend published "Manors and farming" (Account: Culture).

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