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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,597thMost Influential: 3,392ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,184th
The Marquisat of
Democratic Socialists
Unity, Discipline, Work
Influence
Squire
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Northshires

Population1.043 billion

CapitalRauzan
LeaderHull XIX de Northshire
FaithAtheism

CurrencyDollar
AnimalEagle

The Marquisat of Northshires is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Hull XIX de Northshire with an even hand, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, vat-grown people, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 1.043 billion Northshiresians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The relatively small, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rauzan. The average income tax rate is 40.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Northshiresian economy, worth 151 trillion Dollars 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 a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Tourism, Information Technology, Retail, and Arms Manufacturing. 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 145,381 Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Increasing inclusiveness is a sign of the times, a firework a day does not in fact keep the doctor away, third world countries are rich in "I Love Rauzan" t-shirts, and news headlines suggest that Hull XIX de Northshire has a sideline in guinea pig pimping. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Northshires's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Atheism.

Northshires is ranked 17,232nd in the world and 50th in Conch Kingdom for Most Patriotic, with 36.93 flags saluted per person per day.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,597thTop
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Most Influential: 3,392ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,184thHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,255thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,339thLargest Retail Industry: 10,202ndMost Inclusive: 11,367thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,856thMost Secular: 12,697thHighest Food Quality: 13,227thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 14,777thMost Cultured: 15,434thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 15,469thMost Developed: 16,339thHighest Average Incomes: 16,451stMost Patriotic: 17,232ndSmartest Citizens: 17,470thLargest Information Technology Sector: 17,958thMost Beautiful Environments: 18,687thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 19,839thLongest Average Lifespans: 25,166thLargest Agricultural Sector: 26,545th
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 16th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 25th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 32nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 32nd in the regionTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 43rd in the regionMost Patriotic: 50th in the regionLargest Black Market: 50th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 52nd in the regionMost Secular: 52nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 52nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 54th in the regionMost Inclusive: 54th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 59th in the regionMost Cultured: 62nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Northshires, news headlines suggest that Hull XIX de Northshire has a sideline in guinea pig pimping.
  • : Following new legislation in Northshires, third world countries are rich in "I Love Rauzan" t-shirts.
  • : Following new legislation in Northshires, a firework a day does not in fact keep the doctor away.
  • : Following new legislation in Northshires, increasing inclusiveness is a sign of the times.
  • : Following new legislation in Northshires, the state considers itself the 'third parent' of every child in the nation.
  • : Following new legislation in Northshires, the "temporary replacement bus service" is now a permanent fixture.
  • : Following new legislation in Northshires, dinner parties often end in politically charged fist fights.
  • : Following new legislation in Northshires, kids these days know how to throw a proper punch.
  • : Following new legislation in Northshires, sermons are regularly interrupted by businessmen taking phone calls.
  • : Northshires was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Agricultural Sector.

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