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Most Influential: 335th Nudest: 418th Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,259th
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The Much love from Polar of Polar Svalbard is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Klark Zeltargo with a fair hand, and remarkable for its ban on automobiles, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 5.893 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 80.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Svalbardian economy, worth a remarkable 1,032 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 175,248 Polars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

The government helps teach children how to kill a man from six paces, ersatz chicken has left the nation's citizens with a bad taste in their mouths, more money is spent on policing the welfare system for abuse than on the welfare system itself, and a faint smell of body odour can be detected at several miles distance from the National Science Park. 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 7,478th in the world and 28th in The Western Isles for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 323.78 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most Influential: 335thNudest: 418thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,259thMost Efficient Economies: 5,136thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,368thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,990thMost Developed: 7,434thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,478thHighest Average Incomes: 7,606thLargest Governments: 7,802ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,819thMost Cultured: 8,175thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,289thMost Rebellious Youth: 8,374thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,613thMost Inclusive: 8,613thTop
Smartest Citizens: 9,092ndLargest Publishing Industry: 9,186thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,190thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,418thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,836thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,099thMost Stationary: 10,508thHighest Economic Output: 10,878thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,061stHealthiest Citizens: 12,187thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,499thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12,837thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,375thSafest: 13,837thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,267thLowest Crime Rates: 14,370thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,037thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 15,582ndMost Advanced Public Education: 15,904thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 17,527thMost Secular: 17,593rd
Nudest: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 17th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 19th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 20th in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 22nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 22nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 24th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 25th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 28th in the regionLargest Populations: 28th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 31st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 31st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 36th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 37th in the regionLargest Governments: 37th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 37th in the regionMost Developed: 38th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 38th in the regionMost Cultured: 39th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 41st in the region

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