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Largest Publishing Industry: 272ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 299thBest Weather: 375th
The Hushed Shade of
Left-wing Utopia
Isn't it good Norwegian Wood?
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Northern Wood

Population5.98 billion

CapitalRadagast's Rest
LeaderKagan of the Wood
FaithEldersong

Currencyamber thorn
AnimalNorthern Moose

The Hushed Shade of Northern Wood is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Kagan of the Wood with a fair hand, and remarkable for its national health service, keen interest in outer space, and smutty television. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 5.98 billion Taiga Folks 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 Radagast's Rest. The average income tax rate is 99.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Taiga Folk economy, worth a remarkable 1,613 trillion amber thorns a year, is quite 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 269,744 amber thorns, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Ignorance is considered a politically desirable quality, school children asked "what is two times two?" are likely to form a symposium to discuss how different answers make them feel, CEOs and corporate executives are frequently found striking for better stock options, and imitation is the sincerest form of felony. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Northern Wood's national animal is the Northern Moose, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Eldersong.

Northern Wood is ranked 209,655th in the world and 363rd in Forest for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -16.44 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Largest Publishing Industry: 272ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 299thBest Weather: 375thMost Developed: 378thNicest Citizens: 389thLongest Average Lifespans: 417thHighest Food Quality: 438thMost Compassionate Citizens: 442ndHealthiest Citizens: 445thMost Beautiful Environments: 454thSafest: 465thMost Cheerful Citizens: 471stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 517thMost Pacifist: 538thMost Cultured: 567thSmartest Citizens: 693rdLargest Welfare Programs: 733rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 742ndMost Inclusive: 795thMost Efficient Economies: 858thLargest Governments: 913thLargest Agricultural Sector: 926thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,027thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,048thLowest Crime Rates: 1,066thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,143rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,191stMost Advanced Public Education: 1,341stMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,535thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,752ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,075thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,293rdMost Secular: 2,603rdHighest Average Incomes: 2,910thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,476thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 11,220thMost Rebellious Youth: 11,860thMost Valuable International Artwork: 12,982ndMost Politically Free: 17,617thMost Income Equality: 17,794thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,822ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 18,922ndMost Influential: 20,999thMost Stationary: 21,048th
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionTop
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Safest: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 5th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 6th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 7th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionNicest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 10th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 11th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 11th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 11th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 12th in the regionLargest Governments: 13th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 13th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 14th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 14th in the regionMost Pacifist: 14th in the regionBest Weather: 15th in the regionMost Inclusive: 17th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 17th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 18th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 19th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 22nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 22nd in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 31st in the regionMost Secular: 35th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 45th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 45th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 45th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Northern Wood, imitation is the sincerest form of felony.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Wood, CEOs and corporate executives are frequently found striking for better stock options.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Wood, school children asked "what is two times two?" are likely to form a symposium to discuss how different answers make them feel.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Wood, ignorance is considered a politically desirable quality.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Wood, the fire brigade often deal with cases of burnt toast.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Wood, a milk bath costs more than bathing in money.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Wood, the government is deliberately installing bloatware onto computers.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Wood, truancy officers have a hard time catching children trained in advanced camouflage skills.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Wood, a suspicious number of male students have joined the Ladies' Wrestling League.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Wood, trust-fund babies line up for places in community college.

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