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Least Corrupt Governments: 83rdNicest Citizens: 120thMost Compassionate Citizens: 122nd
The White Crowned Boreal Lights of
Left-wing Utopia
We come from the land of the ice and snow
Søren Sørensen
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
World Benchmark

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North Cross

Population7.092 billion

CapitalÅbenheim
LeaderSøren Sørensen
FaithOld Norse Pagan Christianity

Currencykrone
AnimalTroll

The White Crowned Boreal Lights of North Cross is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Søren Sørensen with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 7.092 billion Northmen are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Åbenheim. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Northern economy, worth a remarkable 2,312 trillion kroner a year, is highly specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 326,088 kroner, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Employers are finding it hard to screen candidates now that everyone gets A grades in their exams, visiting dignitaries make excuses to leave functions early and head to the nearest pub, passionate nomination battles are often as intense as general elections, and a favorite "life hack" for gap year backpackers is to pretend to be homeless for government handouts. Crime is totally unknown. North Cross's national animal is the Troll, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Old Norse Pagan Christianity.

North Cross is ranked 170,935th in the world and 109th in International Democratic Union for Largest Black Market, with 71.4 billion Standard Monetary Units.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 83rdNicest Citizens: 120thMost Compassionate Citizens: 122ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 141stMost Developed: 167thMost Pacifist: 176thMost Beautiful Environments: 176thSafest: 177thLargest Publishing Industry: 179thLongest Average Lifespans: 183rdBest Weather: 196thMost Cultured: 201stHealthiest Citizens: 204thMost Cheerful Citizens: 223rdMost Inclusive: 250thSmartest Citizens: 254thLargest Welfare Programs: 285thLargest Governments: 375thHighest Average Tax Rates: 398thMost Efficient Economies: 411thLowest Crime Rates: 424thHighest Poor Incomes: 430thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 473rdMost Advanced Public Education: 497thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 565thMost Scientifically Advanced: 723rdMost Secular: 988thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,030thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,112thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,228thHighest Average Incomes: 1,596thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,716thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,036thTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 3,953rdMost Rebellious Youth: 5,443rdHighest Economic Output: 6,758thMost Influential: 7,481stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,485thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 12,260thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,615thMost Income Equality: 16,869thMost Politically Free: 21,573rd
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Lowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 5th in the regionMost Secular: 6th in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionMost Income Equality: 8th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 9th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Extreme: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11th in the regionNudest: 12th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, a favorite "life hack" for gap year backpackers is to pretend to be homeless for government handouts.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, passionate nomination battles are often as intense as general elections.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, visiting dignitaries make excuses to leave functions early and head to the nearest pub.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, employers are finding it hard to screen candidates now that everyone gets A grades in their exams.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, the government is flooded with compensation requests.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, the diplomatic corps stinks.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, police officers that upset their bosses get assigned to 24 hour stakeouts of bike sheds.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, urban graffiti is hand-calligraphed in perfectly kerned elegant fonts.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, burial ceremonies have become as routinised as tax forms.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, traumatised refugees have a full bedpan shoved into their hands along with their immigration papers.

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