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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,093rd Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,721st Largest Information Technology Sector: 1,918th
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The Democratic States of Norkisted is a massive, genial nation, ruled by The Appointed Citizen with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, state-planned economy, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 1.914 billion Norkistedians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, liberal, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Welfare, Healthcare, and Public Transport also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Defense are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Norkistedford. The average income tax rate is 82.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Norkistedian economy, worth 253 trillion dollars 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 mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Cheese Exports, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 132,578 dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

The government spends more on chasing distant comets than on basic infrastructure, debates on whether toilet seats should be left up or down are increasingly commonplace, the nation has dismantled its entire WMD arsenal, and a large-scale revitalization of the education system is underway. Crime is totally unknown. Norkisted's national animal is the turtle, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Norkisted is ranked 6,897th in the world and 311th in The North Pacific for Smartest Citizens, with 96.29 Quips Per Hour.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,093rdTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,721stLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,918thMost Influential: 2,089thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,924thMost Inclusive: 3,828thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,010thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,436thMost Secular: 4,618thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,117thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,886thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,918thMost Developed: 6,347thMost Pacifist: 6,774thSmartest Citizens: 6,897thMost Politically Free: 7,589thTop
Nudest: 7,714thNicest Citizens: 7,745thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,881stMost Efficient Economies: 9,561stMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,608thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,202ndMost Extensive Civil Rights: 11,764thSafest: 12,106thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,120thLargest Governments: 12,430thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,434thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,448thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,518thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,250thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13,475thHighest Drug Use: 14,411thMost Cultured: 14,744thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,262nd
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 74th in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 90th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 143rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 188th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 192nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 195th in the regionMost Inclusive: 217th in the regionMost Politically Free: 220th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 238th in the regionNudest: 239th in the regionMost Secular: 253rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 259th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 311th in the regionMost Developed: 326th in the regionMost Pacifist: 336th in the regionTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 395th in the regionNicest Citizens: 404th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 410th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 422nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 469th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 475th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 487th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 488th in the regionLargest Governments: 500th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 557th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 565th in the regionSafest: 566th in the regionRudest Citizens: 616th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 627th in the regionMost Influential: 636th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 646th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 661st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 672nd in the regionMost Cultured: 692nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 705th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 758th in the region

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