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Polar Svalbard

Population7.014 billion

CapitalAlta
LeaderKlark Zeltargo

CurrencyPolar
AnimalPolar Bear

The Much love from Polar of Polar Svalbard is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Klark Zeltargo with a fair hand, and notable for its daily referendums, ubiquitous missile silos, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 7.014 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 81.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Svalbardian economy, worth a remarkable 1,256 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 179,143 Polars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

The nation has nearly as many history museums as Svalbardians, park rangers struggle to deal with a rash of stolen pic-a-nic baskets, the death glare has replaced the handshake as a national greeting, and the Alta Police often confuse their exploding pens for real ones. 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 11,992nd in the world and 39th in The Western Isles for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry, scoring 6,201.63 on the Tasmanian Pulp Environmental Export Index.

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Nudest: 417thMost Influential: 588thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,097thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,901stMost Efficient Economies: 4,997thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,668thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,099thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,316thMost Developed: 7,503rdMost Cultured: 7,588thLargest Governments: 7,603rdHighest Average Incomes: 7,641stMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,667thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,310thTop
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Most Inclusive: 8,729thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,850thSmartest Citizens: 9,085thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,086thHighest Economic Output: 9,297thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,452ndMost Subsidized Industry: 9,959thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,439thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,193rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,264thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,637thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11,744thHealthiest Citizens: 11,882ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,992ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,058thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,842ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,171stLowest Crime Rates: 13,893rdMost Advanced Public Education: 14,904thMost Secular: 16,424th
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Nudest: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 7th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 14th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 17th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 22nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 22nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 23rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 25th in the regionLargest Populations: 26th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 31st in the region

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