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Least Corrupt Governments: 53rdNicest Citizens: 81stMost Compassionate Citizens: 81st
The White Crowned Lights of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
We come from the land of the ice and snow
Søren Sørensen
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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North Cross

Population10.249 billion

CapitalÅbenheim
LeaderSøren Sørensen
FaithOld Norse Pagan Christianity

Currencykrone
AnimalTroll

The White Crowned Lights of North Cross is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Søren Sørensen with a fair hand, and remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, national health service, and complete lack of prisons. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 10.249 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 3,831 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 373,883 kroner, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Postmen have been arrested in job lots for selling junk mail as home insulation, the Northern Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas, the people are famous throughout the region for their perfect yellow teeth, and where there's smoke there's the Northern Forestry Department. 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 264,266th in the world and 139th in International Democratic Union for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -41.59 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 53rdNicest Citizens: 81stMost Compassionate Citizens: 81stHighest Food Quality: 83rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 83rdMost Developed: 92ndMost Pacifist: 99thMost Cultured: 99thMost Beautiful Environments: 104thLongest Average Lifespans: 104thLargest Publishing Industry: 106thSafest: 108thHealthiest Citizens: 110thBest Weather: 122ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 125thSmartest Citizens: 151stLargest Welfare Programs: 166thMost Inclusive: 181stLargest Governments: 225thHighest Average Tax Rates: 242ndMost Efficient Economies: 249thLowest Crime Rates: 264thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 277thHighest Poor Incomes: 300thMost Advanced Public Education: 370thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 378thMost Scientifically Advanced: 488thMost Secular: 506thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 742ndMost Subsidized Industry: 792ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 960thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,079thHighest Average Incomes: 1,204thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,569thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,267thTop
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 2,657thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,912thHighest Economic Output: 4,044thMost Influential: 7,350thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10,616thMost Patriotic: 11,116thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,305thTop
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Most Income Equality: 15,551stMost Stationary: 18,566th
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Best Weather: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Food Quality: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Patriotic: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionMost Income Equality: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 7th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 11th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12th in the regionMost Politically Free: 13th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, where there's smoke there's the Northern Forestry Department.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, the people are famous throughout the region for their perfect yellow teeth.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, the Northern Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, postmen have been arrested in job lots for selling junk mail as home insulation.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, Åbenheim has restaurants serving every meat from aardvark to zebra.
  • : 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, the nation has opened its arms to an influx of refugees.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, CEOs and corporate executives are frequently found striking for better stock options.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, the phrase 'spreading like wildfire' is no longer in the public lexicon.
  • : Following new legislation in North Cross, a popular phrase is "eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we eat, drink and be merry some more".

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