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The New Nordic Union

Population9.135 billion

Leaderthe Executive Council of the Union

AnimalDark Bee

The Democratic Socialist Union of The New Nordic Union is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by the Executive Council of the Union with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 9.135 billion Northerners are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Keypmannahavn. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Nordic economy, worth a remarkable 2,118 trillion Krónas a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. Average income is an amazing 231,926 Krónas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Criminals and college students are taking an interest in the government's new weed-killing program, the Museum of Blackacrean War Crimes is located on "Blackacre Did Nothing Wrong Avenue", court cases mostly involve lawyers shouting questions at witnesses giving silent shrugs, and young and brooding teens are welcomed with open arms to the Dogwarts School of Strangeness and Sorcery. Crime is totally unknown. The New Nordic Union's national animal is the Dark Bee, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

The New Nordic Union is ranked 8,229th in the world and 102nd in Europe for Rudest Citizens, with 114.24 Insults Per Minute.

Most Influential: 22ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 180thLargest Welfare Programs: 220thMost Beautiful Environments: 225thMost Pacifist: 292ndMost Inclusive: 297thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 302ndBest Weather: 303rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 346thMost Advanced Public Education: 358thMost Compassionate Citizens: 377thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 398thNicest Citizens: 445thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 457thHighest Average Tax Rates: 479thLargest Governments: 679thMost Secular: 697thMost Valuable International Artwork: 710thLeast Corrupt Governments: 757thMost Developed: 817thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 837thSmartest Citizens: 869thSafest: 935thMost Rebellious Youth: 942ndLongest Average Lifespans: 954thMost Cultured: 959thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,069thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,356thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,454thHealthiest Citizens: 1,457thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,592ndLowest Crime Rates: 1,664thTop
Highest Drug Use: 3,025thMost Efficient Economies: 3,912thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,144thHighest Average Incomes: 4,188thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,223rdHighest Economic Output: 7,034thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,034thRudest Citizens: 8,229thNudest: 9,898thMost Stationary: 10,004thTop
Most Income Equality: 19,129thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 19,997th
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 5th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 5th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 7th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 7th in the regionMost Pacifist: 8th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8th in the regionMost Inclusive: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 9th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Influential: 11th in the regionTop
Nicest Citizens: 12th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 13th in the regionMost Secular: 14th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 14th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 15th in the regionLargest Governments: 15th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 15th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 15th in the regionSafest: 16th in the regionMost Developed: 18th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 19th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 19th in the regionMost Cultured: 25th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 25th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 25th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 27th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 28th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 30th in the regionMost Stationary: 48th in the regionNudest: 49th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 50th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 51st in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 63rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 66th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 71st in the regionMost Income Equality: 81st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 83rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 86th in the regionRudest Citizens: 102nd in the regionMost Extreme: 105th in the regionLargest Populations: 105th in the region

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