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Polar Svalbard

Population6.663 billion

LeaderKlark Zeltargo

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 remarkable for its museums and concert halls, otherworldly petting zoo, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 6.663 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 81.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Svalbardian economy, worth a remarkable 1,176 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 176,638 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 174,538th in the world and 322nd in The Western Isles for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 43.47 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

Nudest: 473rdMost Influential: 596thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,940thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,923rdMost Efficient Economies: 5,136thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,078thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,517thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,526thMost Developed: 7,629thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,705thLargest Governments: 7,715thMost Cultured: 7,728thHighest Average Incomes: 7,912thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,282ndMost Inclusive: 8,806thSmartest Citizens: 9,200thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,243rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,315thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 9,492ndHighest Economic Output: 9,923rdMost Subsidized Industry: 10,004thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,894thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,261stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,559thHealthiest Citizens: 11,972ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,053rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,636thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13,249thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,394thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13,504thMost Beautiful Environments: 13,735thLowest Crime Rates: 14,060thMost Advanced Public Education: 15,110thMost Secular: 16,654thSafest: 17,093rd
Nudest: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Influential: 7th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 18th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 19th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 20th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 24th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 24th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 25th in the regionLargest Populations: 29th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 31st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 33rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 34th in the region

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