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Least Corrupt Governments: 103rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 172ndNicest Citizens: 175th
The White Crowned Boreal Lights of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
We come from the land of the ice and snow
Søren Sørensen
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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North Cross

Population5.729 billion

CapitalÅbenheim
LeaderSøren Sørensen
FaithOld Norse Pagan Christianity

Currencykrone
AnimalTroll

The White Crowned Boreal Lights of North Cross is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Søren Sørensen with a fair hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, smutty television, and otherworldly petting zoo. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 5.729 billion Northmen love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

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 1,680 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 293,338 kroner, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Holiday light displays just aren't the same without seizure-inducing strobe effects, most households' childcare costs are higher than their mortgage payments, scientists earn more grant money for reproducing old experiments than trying anything new, and UFO sightings are listed daily in the morning news. 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 160,688th in the world and 88th in International Democratic Union for Most Pro-Market, scoring 15.11 on the Rand Index.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 103rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 172ndNicest Citizens: 175thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 205thMost Beautiful Environments: 235thSafest: 243rdMost Pacifist: 245thMost Developed: 246thBest Weather: 246thLargest Publishing Industry: 269thLongest Average Lifespans: 278thHealthiest Citizens: 321stMost Cheerful Citizens: 336thMost Cultured: 351stSmartest Citizens: 374thMost Inclusive: 386thLargest Welfare Programs: 421stLargest Governments: 515thHighest Average Tax Rates: 538thMost Advanced Public Education: 591stLowest Crime Rates: 591stMost Efficient Economies: 628thHighest Poor Incomes: 630thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 667thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 670thMost Scientifically Advanced: 994thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,254thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,296thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,477thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,616thMost Secular: 1,944thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 2,100thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,453rdMost Influential: 7,465thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,741stHighest Economic Output: 9,169thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 15,127thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 15,928thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,938thLargest Agricultural Sector: 16,022ndMost Politically Free: 19,940th
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 6th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 7th in the regionMost Secular: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 9th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, UFO sightings are listed daily in the morning news.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, scientists earn more grant money for reproducing old experiments than trying anything new.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, most households' childcare costs are higher than their mortgage payments.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, holiday light displays just aren't the same without seizure-inducing strobe effects.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, the government is making attempts at curtailing the flood of spam emails with little progress.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, no personal detail is too tiny for the suede-denim census police.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, internet moderator is one of the most popular jobs among the nation's more socially awkward citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, politicians tend to jump ship to whichever party is currently leading in the polls.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, badminton was recently banned due to 'unacceptable violence' inherent to the game.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, parents often leave their kids in the car while they attend mindfulness meditation sessions.

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