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Most Valuable International Artwork: 11thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 940thMost Armed: 2,255th
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The Northern Light

Population16.641 billion

CapitalMagicality City
LeaderThe North Pacific Delegate

CurrencyPacific Dollar
AnimalMcMasterdonian Lion

The Regional Nation of The Northern Light is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by The North Pacific Delegate with an iron fist, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, zero percent divorce rate, and smutty television. The compassionate, cynical, humorless, devout population of 16.641 billion TNPers are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Magicality City. The average income tax rate is 59.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Northern Lightian economy, worth a remarkable 3,345 trillion Pacific Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Furniture Restoration, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 201,061 Pacific Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

The official Northern Lightian Phrase Book weighs as much as a small child, soldiers stream their classified military operations live for millions of fans, TV coverage of music festivals consists mostly of backstage interviews, and political clichés like "band-aid solutions" and "adrenaline shots to the economy" are headed for the dumpster. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Northern Light's national animal is the McMasterdonian Lion and its national religion is Flemingovianism.

The Northern Light is ranked 172,336th in the world and 8,837th in The North Pacific for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 2.53 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 11thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 940thMost Armed: 2,255thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,298thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,533rdMost Devout: 2,617thTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,205thHighest Economic Output: 4,858thLargest Black Market: 4,926thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,962ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5,550thMost Patriotic: 5,797thLowest Crime Rates: 5,947thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,021stMost Efficient Economies: 7,079thHighest Average Incomes: 7,246thLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,566thHealthiest Citizens: 7,600thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,742ndMost Stationary: 8,609thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,895thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,873rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 9,906thMost Developed: 10,056thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,200thLargest Mining Sector: 11,353rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,123rdMost Subsidized Industry: 12,963rdMost Influential: 13,174thTop
Smartest Citizens: 14,972ndLargest Governments: 15,233rdLargest Populations: 16,854thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 17,325thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,990thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18,055thMost Inclusive: 18,948thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 21,897thBest Weather: 24,327thMost Compassionate Citizens: 25,482nd
Most Valuable International Artwork: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 34th in the regionMost Armed: 73rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 88th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 95th in the regionMost Devout: 98th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 104th in the regionLargest Black Market: 128th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 159th in the regionMost Stationary: 177th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 199th in the regionMost Patriotic: 251st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 252nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 275th in the regionLargest Populations: 294th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 296th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 312th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 328th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 335th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 387th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 387th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 390th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 409th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 454th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 513th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 539th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 543rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 562nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 566th in the regionMost Developed: 590th in the regionTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 762nd in the regionLargest Governments: 769th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 789th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 812th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 988th in the regionMost Inclusive: 1,044th in the regionBest Weather: 1,146th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,308th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1,324th in the region

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