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Largest Publishing Industry: 5,968th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 6,381st Highest Economic Output: 6,577th
The Star Empire of
New York Times Democracy
Squamae Abundare Terra Liberarum
Emperor Munday
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Old North Fish

Population14.106 billion

CapitalMetroscale
LeaderEmperor Munday
Faithnon-existent

CurrencyScole
Animallast Northern Speckled Bigfoot

The Star Empire of Old North Fish is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Munday with a fair hand, and notable for its ritual sacrifices, daily referendums, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 14.106 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, outspoken government prioritizes Defense, although Education, Industry, and Public Transport are also considered important, while Social Policy isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Metroscale. The average income tax rate is 66.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Fishian economy, worth a remarkable 1,588 trillion Scoles a year, is 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 112,591 Scoles, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Contestants on Old North Fish's Got Talent are screened by the government to make sure that they actually have talent, lifeguards are more concerned with watching for sharks than struggling swimmers, baby boys who pick up pink crayons are sent to a psychiatric ward, and park rangers struggle to deal with a rash of stolen pic-a-nic baskets. 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 frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is non-existent.

Old North Fish is ranked 122,471st in the world and 65th in The Grand Old Duke of Pork for Most Compassionate Citizens, scoring 25.82 on the Kitten Softness Rating.

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Largest Publishing Industry: 5,968thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,381stHighest Economic Output: 6,577thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7,719thLargest Populations: 7,896thLargest Black Market: 8,392ndTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 8,782ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 9,850thMost Developed: 13,224thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,599thMost Cheerful Citizens: 13,976thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,132ndSmartest Citizens: 15,590thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,922ndMost Cultured: 16,612th
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Old North Fish, park rangers struggle to deal with a rash of stolen pic-a-nic baskets.
  • : Old North Fish was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Old North Fish was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : Following new legislation in Old North Fish, baby boys who pick up pink crayons are sent to a psychiatric ward.
  • : Following new legislation in Old North Fish, lifeguards are more concerned with watching for sharks than struggling swimmers.
  • : Following new legislation in Old North Fish, contestants on Old North Fish's Got Talent are screened by the government to make sure that they actually have talent.
  • : Following new legislation in Old North Fish, aspiring pilots must be personally vetted by the Minister of Transportation before receiving their license.
  • : Following new legislation in Old North Fish, a primitive society is being eroded as its youth flock to the modern world.
  • : Old North Fish was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Following new legislation in Old North Fish, the nation is regarded as a paragon of democracy.

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