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Lowest Crime Rates: 920thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,199thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,300th
The Hyperborean Empire of
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Vostag

Population18.68 billion

CapitalCommoriom
LeaderKaiser Thor Odinson
FaithCeremonial Deism-Secularism

CurrencyMark
AnimalRaven

The Hyperborean Empire of Vostag is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Kaiser Thor Odinson with a fair hand, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, irreverence towards religion, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 18.68 billion Hyperboreans 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 large, corrupt, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Commoriom. The average income tax rate is 99.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Hyperborean economy, worth a remarkable 4,460 trillion Marks a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 238,796 Marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Grandiose stage parents insist superyachts and private cinemas are children's basic needs, abortions are routinely performed in the nation's hospitals, Vostag's army is full of two-metre tall super-soldiers, and manufacturers of biodegradable plastics have to wait for months to show evidence of organic decomposition. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Vostag's national animal is the Raven, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Ceremonial Deism-Secularism.

Vostag is ranked 254,607th in the world and 122nd in Barbaria for Highest Workforce Participation Rate, with 32.7 Workforce Participation Rate.

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Lowest Crime Rates: 920thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,199thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,300thLargest Governments: 1,342ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,390thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,458thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,772ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,881stMost Subsidized Industry: 1,956thMost Efficient Economies: 2,279thRudest Citizens: 2,373rdMost Developed: 2,404thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 2,830thMost Armed: 2,937thSmartest Citizens: 2,959thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,251stSafest: 3,315thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,585thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,948thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,125thMost Patriotic: 4,152ndMost Beautiful Environments: 4,209thHighest Average Incomes: 4,252ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,524thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,565thMost Cultured: 4,573rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,622ndLongest Average Lifespans: 5,400thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,111thMost Influential: 8,025thHighest Food Quality: 8,954thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,667thLargest Populations: 11,255thTop
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Most Stationary: 15,339thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17,210thLargest Mining Sector: 20,836thHealthiest Citizens: 24,491stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 25,340th
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Most Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionTop
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Safest: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Politically Free: 5th in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionMost Armed: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionMost Patriotic: 8th in the regionMost Stationary: 11th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 12th in the region

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