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Least Corrupt Governments: 255th Most Compassionate Citizens: 338th Most Developed: 347th
The White Crowned Boreal Lights of
Left-wing Utopia
We come from the land of the ice and snow
Søren Sørensen
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
World Benchmark

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North Cross

Population3.754 billion

CapitalÅbenheim
LeaderSøren Sørensen
FaithOld Norse Pagan Christianity

Currencykrone
AnimalCow

The White Crowned Boreal Lights of North Cross is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Søren Sørensen with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, smutty television, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 3.754 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, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Åbenheim. The average income tax rate is 99.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Northern economy, worth 880 trillion kroner a year, is highly specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 234,681 kroner, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Lending money has become a major liability, many friends and relatives of Søren Sørensen have been given ambassador jobs in tropical island nations, the military maintains a fierce arsenal of 'Cure Missiles', and an increasing percentage of the population's youth have homosexual parents. Crime is totally unknown. North Cross's national animal is the Cow, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Old Norse Pagan Christianity.

North Cross is ranked 150,164th in the world and 107th in International Democratic Union for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -937.4 on the Hayek Index.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 255thMost Compassionate Citizens: 338thMost Developed: 347thNicest Citizens: 369thLongest Average Lifespans: 410thBest Weather: 443rdMost Beautiful Environments: 470thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 470thMost Pacifist: 493rdSafest: 539thLargest Publishing Industry: 565thHealthiest Citizens: 737thMost Inclusive: 771stMost Cheerful Citizens: 878thSmartest Citizens: 885thHighest Poor Incomes: 894thLargest Welfare Programs: 908thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 940thMost Advanced Public Education: 986thMost Cultured: 1,002ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,127thLargest Governments: 1,238thLowest Crime Rates: 1,341stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,387thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,831stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,866thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,232ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,489thHighest Average Incomes: 3,502ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,590thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,741stMost Secular: 4,789thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 8,727thMost Income Equality: 9,471stMost Influential: 10,379thMost Rebellious Youth: 11,860thNudest: 12,999thMost Politically Free: 13,017th
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Best Weather: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Pacifist: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 3rd in the regionSafest: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionTop
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Most Cultured: 6th in the regionMost Income Equality: 6th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 7th in the regionMost Secular: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 9th in the regionMost Extreme: 9th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 10th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, an increasing percentage of the population's youth have homosexual parents.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, the military maintains a fierce arsenal of 'Cure Missiles'.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, many friends and relatives of Søren Sørensen have been given ambassador jobs in tropical island nations.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, lending money has become a major liability.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, the nation's youth would rather watch paint dry than the news.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, snap elections are called over every minor impasse.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, conspiracy theorists allege Åbenheim's new subway map resembles Satanic symbols.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, the nation is known abroad mostly for its Parliamentary antics.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, the diplomatic corps stinks.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, a milk bath costs more than bathing in money.

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