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Most Influential: 336th Nudest: 594th Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,570th
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The Much love from Polar of Polar Svalbard is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Consul Bellum with a fair hand, and notable for its anti-smoking policies, free-roaming dinosaurs, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 5.215 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 75.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Svalbardian economy, worth 900 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 172,591 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 10,583rd in the world and 46th in The Western Isles for Safest, scoring 117.17 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

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Most Influential: 336thNudest: 594thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,570thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,938thMost Efficient Economies: 5,035thHighest Average Incomes: 7,456thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,604thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,631stTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 8,067thMost Secular: 8,084thMost Developed: 8,313thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,518thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,558thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,579thLargest Governments: 8,732ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,246thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,293rdLargest Welfare Programs: 9,396thMost Rebellious Youth: 9,434thMost Inclusive: 9,833rdSmartest Citizens: 10,041stSafest: 10,583rdMost Subsidized Industry: 10,601stLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,946thMost Cultured: 11,228thMost Stationary: 11,398thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,914thHighest Economic Output: 11,992ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,480thHealthiest Citizens: 13,753rdLongest Average Lifespans: 14,302ndLowest Crime Rates: 14,404th
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Nudest: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 13th in the regionTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 18th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 19th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 23rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 24th in the regionLargest Populations: 26th in the region

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