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Most Valuable International Artwork: 5thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,204thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,200th
The Regional Nation of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Democracy is strong, debate robust, and rum plentiful.
Regional Nation
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The Northern Light is researching a cure.

Survival Rate:99.55%

The Northern Light

Population13.26 billion

CapitalMagicality City
LeaderThe North Pacific Delegate

CurrencyPacific Dollar
AnimalMcMasterdonian Lion

The Regional Nation of The Northern Light is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by The North Pacific Delegate with an even hand, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, compulsory military service, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 13.258 billion TNPers, 58 million of whom are zombies, 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, 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. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 39.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Northern Lightian economy, worth a remarkable 2,524 trillion Pacific Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Furniture Restoration, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 190,360 Pacific Dollars, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 634,641 per year while the poor average 42,512, a ratio of 14.9 to 1.

McMasterdonian Lions with strange deformities like three eyes and tentacles have been seen prancing through the countryside where industrial waste is dumped, death row inmates cower in fear at the phrase "one-year anniversary", televisions are often seized to pay for overdue television license fees, and 4-year-olds studying for their mathematics exams are anxious that they will be unemployable in adulthood if they fail. 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, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Flemingovianism.

The Northern Light is ranked 198,769th in the world and 11,038th in The North Pacific for Most Avoided, scoring 0.76 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 5thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,204thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,200thTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,423rdMost Devout: 2,429thMost Survivors: 2,658thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,272ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,448thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,467thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,739thLargest Black Market: 5,210thHighest Economic Output: 5,695thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,808thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,019thHealthiest Citizens: 6,185thLowest Crime Rates: 7,124thHighest Average Incomes: 7,306thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,344thMost Efficient Economies: 8,844thMost Stationary: 10,426thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,523rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,850thLargest Mining Sector: 11,122ndTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 11,996thMost Influential: 12,531stSmartest Citizens: 14,808thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,196thLargest Populations: 18,561stLargest Governments: 19,111thMost Subsidized Industry: 20,344thBest Weather: 20,952ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 21,133rdMost Developed: 22,341st
Most Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 51st in the regionMost Devout: 96th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 98th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 107th in the regionTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 162nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 168th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 176th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 207th in the regionMost Stationary: 222nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 234th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 329th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 350th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 358th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 365th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 371st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 378th in the regionMost Survivors: 405th in the regionLargest Populations: 422nd in the regionMost Dead: 533rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 619th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 626th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 635th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 808th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 816th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 827th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1,113th in the regionLargest Governments: 1,156th in the regionBest Weather: 1,162nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,187th in the region

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