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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 518th Lowest Crime Rates: 735th Largest Governments: 1,063rd
The Hyperborean Empire of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Blood and Steel!
Kaiser Thor Odinson
Influence
Contender
Founder / Chief Executive
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Vostag

Population12.763 billion

CapitalCommoriom
LeaderKaiser Thor Odinson
FaithSidr

CurrencyMark
AnimalRaven

The Hyperborean Empire of Vostag is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Kaiser Thor Odinson with an even hand, and notable for its frequent executions, public floggings, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 12.763 billion Hyperboreans 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 enormous, corrupt 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 99.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Vostagian economy, worth a remarkable 2,869 trillion Marks a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 224,852 Marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

New pilots are regularly reminded that they are more expendable than their planes, to 'cut off family ties' is no longer just a phrase, the entire entry for Vostag in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the World reads 'mostly harmless', and the latest "must-have" uPhone is 1/4 mm thinner than last year's uPhone. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive 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 Sidr.

Vostag is ranked 23,335th in the world and 40th in Barbaria for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 5,524.1 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 518thLowest Crime Rates: 735thLargest Governments: 1,063rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,081stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,082ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,106thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,205thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,236thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 2,013thMost Developed: 2,314thSafest: 2,394thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,620thMost Efficient Economies: 2,846thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,357thHighest Economic Output: 3,469thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,555thSmartest Citizens: 3,678thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,723rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,917thHighest Average Incomes: 3,925thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,183rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,874thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,971stLongest Average Lifespans: 5,145thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,878thMost Cultured: 6,890thRudest Citizens: 6,918thMost Influential: 7,704thTop
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Largest Populations: 13,340thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,958thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 15,722nd
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Most Influential: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Secular: 7th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 7th in the regionTop
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Most Inclusive: 9th in the regionRudest Citizens: 12th in the regionMost Income Equality: 16th in the region

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