by Max Barry

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Most Primitive: 291stMost Devout: 1,954thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,138th
The Kingdom of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Dominus mecum
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population16.11 billion

LeaderKing Alexander II
FaithThe Church of Nortend


The Kingdom of Nortainland is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by King Alexander II with an iron fist, and notable for its avowedly heterosexual populace, lack of airports, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 16.11 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lendert-with-Cadell. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 88.1%.

The powerhouse Nortish economy, worth a remarkable 1,299 trillion pounds a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Basket Weaving industry. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 80,650 pounds, with the richest citizens earning 7.3 times as much as the poorest.

Morale within the seismologist community has hit rock bottom, it's considered a civil right to be allowed to neglect and mistreat your own children, election debates consists mostly of two grey suits arguing over how to best preserve the status quo, and the consent form for routine blood pressure measurement has been nominated for the 'Novel Of The Year' award. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Nortainland's national animal is the lion, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Church of Nortend.

Nortainland is ranked 258,467th in the world and 10,855th in Osiris for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -6.16 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most Primitive: 291stMost Devout: 1,954thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,138thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,219thMost Ignorant Citizens: 2,669thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 3,926thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,129thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,763rdBest Weather: 10,272ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,644thMost Cultured: 10,671stLargest Black Market: 12,405thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,469thLowest Crime Rates: 16,567thHighest Economic Output: 16,782ndMost Advanced Public Education: 18,180thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 18,850thLargest Populations: 19,358thMost Corrupt Governments: 19,679thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 21,432ndLargest Governments: 21,733rdMost Conservative: 23,710thMost Patriotic: 24,311th
Most Primitive: 16th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 104th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 105th in the regionMost Devout: 107th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 110th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 228th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 354th in the regionLargest Populations: 493rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 495th in the regionBest Weather: 502nd in the regionMost Cultured: 572nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 573rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 580th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 796th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 879th in the regionMost Conservative: 891st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 905th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 970th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1,093rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,127th in the regionLargest Governments: 1,142nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,199th in the regionMost Influential: 1,263rd in the region

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