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Most Influential: 351st Nudest: 770th Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,344th
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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 remarkable for its public floggings, daily referendums, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 4.497 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 785 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 174,619 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 15,329th in the world and 89th in The Western Isles for Longest Average Lifespans, with 78.35 Years.

Most Influential: 351stNudest: 770thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,344thTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,745thMost Efficient Economies: 5,346thHighest Average Incomes: 7,042ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,572ndHighest Poor Incomes: 7,838thMost Secular: 8,218thMost Developed: 8,226thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,551stLargest Publishing Industry: 8,677thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 8,983rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,011thLargest Governments: 9,317thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,644thSmartest Citizens: 9,922ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,975thMost Inclusive: 9,977thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,432ndLargest Welfare Programs: 10,506thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,828thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,542ndSafest: 11,605thMost Cultured: 11,756thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,846thMost Stationary: 12,712thHighest Economic Output: 13,723rdHealthiest Citizens: 14,173rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,943rdLongest Average Lifespans: 15,329thLowest Crime Rates: 15,406thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 17,281stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 17,484th
Most Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 3rd in the regionNudest: 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: 15th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 19th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 20th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 21st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 24th in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 32nd in the regionLargest Populations: 32nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 35th in the regionLargest Governments: 38th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 39th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 40th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 43rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 43rd in the regionMost Secular: 46th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 48th in the regionMost Developed: 48th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 49th in the region

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