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Most Cheerful Citizens: 9,753rd Most Average: 12,330th Largest Publishing Industry: 15,373rd
The Fortunan Territory of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Curae eos qui libere
Influence
Nipper
Region
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
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The Ice Wastes

Population1.867 billion

CapitalArkangel
LeaderDirektor Masgard

CurrencyFortune
AnimalNarwhal

The Fortunan Territory of The Ice Wastes is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Direktor Masgard with an even hand, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, national health service, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-working, devout population of 1.867 billion High Northerners have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Public Transport. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Arkangel. The average income tax rate is 12.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Northerner economy, worth 130 trillion Fortunes a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Woodchip Exports, and Gambling. Average income is 70,137 Fortunes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

The tax agency is feared more than serial killers and terrorists, it's best not to ask what goes into Arkangel Fried Chicken's secret blend of herbs and spices, Bigtopian relations have become a minefield, and decreased demand for toilets is saving the prison service a lot of money. Crime is well under control. The Ice Wastes's national animal is the Narwhal, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

The Ice Wastes is ranked 110,253rd in the world and 3,203rd in Balder for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 56.12 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

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Most Cheerful Citizens: 9,753rdMost Average: 12,330thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,373rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 15,553rd
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Most Average: 392nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 473rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Ice Wastes's influence in Balder rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : The Ice Wastes's influence in Balder rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : The Ice Wastes's influence in Balder rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Following new legislation in The Ice Wastes, decreased demand for toilets is saving the prison service a lot of money.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ice Wastes, Bigtopian relations have become a minefield.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ice Wastes, it's best not to ask what goes into Arkangel Fried Chicken's secret blend of herbs and spices.
  • : The Ice Wastes's influence in Balder rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Following new legislation in The Ice Wastes, the tax agency is feared more than serial killers and terrorists.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ice Wastes, government-sponsored gallows are being erected by Violetist temples.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ice Wastes, a Balder Tourist Association survey has rated The Ice Wastes #1 for number twos.

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