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Most Influential: 1,108thBest Weather: 3,535thMost Pacifist: 5,637th
The Commonwealth of
Democratic Socialists
Nature is our greatest ally
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Population4.008 billion

CapitalLockwood city
LeaderPM Athur Lockwood


The Commonwealth of Norbarch is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by PM Athur Lockwood with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, state-planned economy, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate population of 4.008 billion Norbarchians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lockwood city. The average income tax rate is 85.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Norbarchian economy, worth 492 trillion Euros a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 122,923 Euros, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Weapons are only sold to foreign governments that are legitimate enough to not bounce the cheque, endangered bison are herded across the border to prevent them from trampling on native prairie grass, criminals and college students are taking an interest in the government's new weed-killing program, and young children are learning advanced physics to scientifically disprove the existence of Santa Claus. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Norbarch's national animal is the Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Norbarch is ranked 90,416th in the world and 3,629th in Lazarus for Most Patriotic, with 14.39 flags saluted per person per day.

Most Influential: 1,108thTop
Best Weather: 3,535thMost Pacifist: 5,637thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,884thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,370thMost Inclusive: 6,452ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,476thHealthiest Citizens: 6,724thSafest: 6,924thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,072ndNicest Citizens: 7,230thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,237thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,223rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,360thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,452ndMost Developed: 8,569thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,076thMost Secular: 9,263rdHighest Food Quality: 9,390thLowest Crime Rates: 9,844thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,114thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,342ndSmartest Citizens: 10,881stHighest Poor Incomes: 11,401stHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,876thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,549thTop
Largest Governments: 13,889thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,605thLargest Welfare Programs: 16,700thMost Efficient Economies: 23,549thMost Cultured: 23,763rdMost Subsidized Industry: 23,899thHighest Average Incomes: 24,736th
Most Influential: 4th in the regionTop
Best Weather: 152nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 272nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 274th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 296th in the regionMost Inclusive: 306th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 309th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 336th in the regionNicest Citizens: 336th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 362nd in the regionSafest: 362nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 372nd in the regionTop
Most Developed: 437th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 441st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 447th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 464th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 464th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 475th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 477th in the regionMost Secular: 493rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 532nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 555th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 569th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 596th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 657th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 743rd in the regionLargest Governments: 754th in the region

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