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The Much love from Polar of Polar Svalbard is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Consul Bellum with a fair hand, and renowned for its public floggings, smutty television, and enforced nudity. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 4.664 billion Svalbardians 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 juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Alta. The average income tax rate is 75.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Svalbardian economy, worth 814 trillion Polars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 174,690 Polars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

Unwary hikers climbing the bluffs of Mount Alta make great practice for foreign snipers, the endangered saltwater humpback Polar Bear is only seen in captivity programs, the government merely sends empty platitudes whenever natural disasters strike foreign nations, and white strait-jackets are the new orange jumpsuits. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Polar Svalbard's national animal is the Polar Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Polar Svalbard is ranked 167,333rd in the world and 378th in The Western Isles for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -123.29 on the Hayek Index.

Most Influential: 345thNudest: 795thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,200thTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,828thMost Efficient Economies: 5,227thHighest Average Incomes: 7,085thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,762ndHighest Poor Incomes: 7,765thMost Developed: 8,281stMost Secular: 8,282ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,402ndLargest Publishing Industry: 8,596thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,904thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 9,111thLargest Governments: 9,133rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,385thSmartest Citizens: 9,891stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,984thMost Inclusive: 10,035thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,104thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,203rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,911thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,314thSafest: 11,507thMost Cultured: 11,650thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 12,293rdMost Stationary: 12,455thHighest Economic Output: 13,149thHealthiest Citizens: 14,161stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,700thLowest Crime Rates: 15,151stLongest Average Lifespans: 15,243rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 17,321stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 17,794th
Nudest: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionMost Stationary: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 14th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 20th in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 22nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 22nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 25th in the regionLargest Populations: 32nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 32nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 33rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 39th in the regionLargest Governments: 39th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 42nd in the region

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