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Largest Black Market: 5,003rd Most Advanced Defense Forces: 5,456th Largest Publishing Industry: 5,791st
The Star Empire of
New York Times Democracy
Squamae Abundare Terra Liberarum
Emperor Munday
Regional Influence
Page
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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The Star Empire of Old North Fish is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Munday with a fair hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, zero percent divorce rate, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 13.038 billion Fishians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized government prioritizes Defense, with Education, Industry, and Public Transport also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Environment aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Metroscale. The average income tax rate is 66.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Fishian economy, worth a remarkable 1,421 trillion Scoles a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Soda Sales. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 109,009 Scoles, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Amnesty Interregional has condemned Old North Fish for ignoring crimes against humanity, naturists are jailed regularly for indecent exposure, school uniforms are compulsory, and cars speed down national highways while drivers sleep at the wheel. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Old North Fish's national animal is the last Northern Speckled Bigfoot, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities, and its national religion is non-existent.

Old North Fish is ranked 42,237th in the world and 23rd in The Grand Old Duke of Pork for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 2,484.8 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

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Largest Black Market: 5,003rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,456thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,791stHighest Economic Output: 6,949thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6,990thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,284thTop
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Largest Populations: 8,291stMost Developed: 12,981stMost Cheerful Citizens: 13,304thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,643rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,812th
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Most Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the region

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