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Largest Insurance Industry: 1,019thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,387thMost Patriotic: 2,439th
The Colony of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Ice of the eyes and heart
Influence
Newcomer
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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NorthernScourge

Population5.748 billion

CapitalVault 001

CurrencyTear
AnimalWolf

The Colony of NorthernScourge is a colossal, orderly nation, remarkable for its ritual sacrifices, public floggings, and avant-garde cinema. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.748 billion NorthernScourgeans are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Administration, and Industry are also considered important, while International Aid and Environment aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vault 001. The average income tax rate is 69.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient NorthernScourgean economy, worth a remarkable 1,103 trillion Tears a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 191,972 Tears, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

Roads are often attended by round-the-clock construction crews, warning signs caution NorthernScourgeans where they may fall off 'the edge of the world', protests are illegal, and onions have been banned due to their tendency to cause eye irritation. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. NorthernScourge's national animal is the Wolf, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

NorthernScourge is ranked 253,660th in the world and 6,867th in Osiris for Healthiest Citizens, with 0.5 bananas ingested per day.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 1,019thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,387thMost Patriotic: 2,439thTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,619thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,759thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,824thLargest Mining Sector: 3,175thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,186thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,425thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,690thLargest Black Market: 4,403rdMost Corrupt Governments: 5,362ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,420thHighest Average Incomes: 8,236thMost Ignorant Citizens: 8,597thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,432ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,640thLowest Crime Rates: 11,051stMost Devout: 12,852ndTop
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Most Authoritarian: 14,190thMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,170thLargest Governments: 16,645thHighest Economic Output: 18,969thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 20,036thMost Conservative: 24,460th
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Largest Insurance Industry: 44th in the regionMost Patriotic: 62nd in the regionTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 95th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 126th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 128th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 134th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 152nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 167th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 167th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 174th in the regionLargest Black Market: 216th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 275th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 312th in the regionTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 364th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 393rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 511th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 519th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 530th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 600th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 608th in the regionMost Devout: 631st in the regionMost Avoided: 676th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : NorthernScourge's influence in Osiris rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : NorthernScourge's influence in Osiris rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : NorthernScourge's influence in Osiris rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : NorthernScourge was refounded in Osiris.
  • : NorthernScourge ceased to exist in Thedrones.
  • : NorthernScourge was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : NorthernScourge was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : NorthernScourge was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in NorthernScourge, onions have been banned due to their tendency to cause eye irritation.
  • : Following new legislation in NorthernScourge, protests are illegal.

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