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The Democratic Norse Empire of
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Adapt, Overcome, Destroy.
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The New Cordian Empire

Population1.052 billion

LeaderRandolf Kersson


The Democratic Norse Empire of The New Cordian Empire is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Randolf Kersson with an even hand, and remarkable for its lack of airports, daily referendums, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, devout population of 1.052 billion Cordians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cordasfjord. The average income tax rate is 80.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Cordian economy, worth 93.4 trillion cordans a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Basket Weaving, and Tourism. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 88,819 cordans, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars, the government has declined to declare any particular religion as its 'official' one, the military recognizes no difference between male and female soldiers, and houses and businesses are bulldozed to make way for ever-expanding cemeteries. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The New Cordian Empire's national animal is the wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The New Cordian Empire is ranked 101,558th in the world and 20th in Founderless for Highest Drug Use, scoring 65.6 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 3,912thSafest: 4,406thMost Pacifist: 4,539thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,675thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,202ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,138thBest Weather: 6,333rdNicest Citizens: 6,626thHealthiest Citizens: 7,070thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,660thMost Inclusive: 10,574thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,736thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,238thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,872ndMost Beautiful Environments: 12,571stMost Advanced Public Education: 13,277thLowest Crime Rates: 14,072ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,579thSmartest Citizens: 19,084thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 20,383rdLargest Governments: 21,392ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 21,416th
Most Developed: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the region

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