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The Much love from Polar of Polar Svalbard is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Consul Bellum with a fair hand, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, daily referendums, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 4.842 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 845 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 8,663rd in the world and 20th in The Western Isles for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring 25,098.53 on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

Most Influential: 346thNudest: 686thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,365thTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,907thMost Efficient Economies: 5,161stHighest Average Incomes: 7,175thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,572ndHighest Poor Incomes: 7,764thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,072ndTop
Most Secular: 8,167thMost Developed: 8,291stLargest Publishing Industry: 8,580thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,663rdLargest Governments: 8,999thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,150thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,153rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,624thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,875thMost Rebellious Youth: 9,915thSmartest Citizens: 9,936thMost Inclusive: 9,962ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,933rdMost Subsidized Industry: 11,023rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,078thSafest: 11,149thMost Cultured: 11,422ndMost Stationary: 12,074thHighest Economic Output: 12,693rdHealthiest Citizens: 13,971stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,140thLowest Crime Rates: 14,807thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,983rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 15,958th
Nudest: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 12th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14th in the regionTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 19th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 20th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 20th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 22nd in the regionLargest Populations: 30th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 30th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 37th in the region

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