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The Federation of Polar Islandstates is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by President Iversen-Eklund with a fair hand, and notable for its daily referendums, unlimited-speed roads, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, democratic population of 13.317 billion Valhallans hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Welfare, Healthcare, and Environment also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Law & Order are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Franz Josef City. The average income tax rate is 76.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Valhallan economy, worth a remarkable 1,425 trillion Sols a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Soda Sales. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 107,016 Sols, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Retired racing Valhallan Terns are served truffles for breakfast, citizens can be frequently spotted going about their business stark naked, 'A is for Annulment' is a popular children's song, and the fire protection service is wholly government-funded. Crime is totally unknown. Polar Islandstates's national animal is the Valhallan Tern, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Polar Islandstates is ranked 3,386th in the world and 5th in Rushmore for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 20,094.41 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Least Corrupt Governments: 3,179thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,386thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,109thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,118thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,798thMost Cultured: 6,319thHighest Economic Output: 6,957thTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,867thSmartest Citizens: 7,900thLargest Populations: 8,066thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,262ndMost Beautiful Environments: 8,290thMost Pacifist: 8,586thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,633rdMost Politically Free: 10,742ndMost Developed: 10,879thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,913thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,056thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,851stMost Compassionate Citizens: 14,274thNudest: 14,361stMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,923rd
Largest Publishing Industry: 5th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 5th in the regionNudest: 5th in the regionMost Cultured: 6th in the regionMost Politically Free: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 7th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Developed: 8th in the region

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