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Most Valuable International Artwork: 7thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,122ndMost Armed: 2,054th
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The Northern Light

Population14.449 billion

CapitalMagicality City
LeaderThe North Pacific Delegate

CurrencyPacific Dollar
AnimalMcMasterdonian Lion

The Regional Nation of The Northern Light is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by The North Pacific Delegate with an iron fist, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, avowedly heterosexual populace, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, cynical, humorless, devout population of 14.449 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 54.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Northern Lightian economy, worth a remarkable 2,841 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 frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 196,640 Pacific Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

It's rare to find an unchewed pencil, artists from across the nation compete to renovate the restrooms of old government buildings, only 'organics' are permitted to be citizens, and dealers go from pushing drugs to pushing up daisies. 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 4,372nd in the world and 227th in The North Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 7,781.99 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 7thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,122ndMost Armed: 2,054thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,295thTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,557thMost Devout: 2,610thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,372ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,450thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,596thHighest Economic Output: 5,253rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,668thLowest Crime Rates: 5,687thHealthiest Citizens: 6,346thLargest Black Market: 6,459thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,663rdMost Efficient Economies: 6,816thHighest Average Incomes: 7,115thHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,748thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,835thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,346thMost Stationary: 9,779thMost Developed: 9,813thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,159thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,293rdLargest Mining Sector: 11,267thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,395thMost Influential: 12,408thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,894thLargest Governments: 15,090thSmartest Citizens: 15,233rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 16,585thLargest Populations: 18,178thMost Inclusive: 18,896thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 18,934thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19,418thBest Weather: 21,134thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22,507thMost Compassionate Citizens: 22,971st
Most Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 49th in the regionMost Armed: 67th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 97th in the regionTop
Most Devout: 106th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 109th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 160th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 161st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 196th in the regionMost Stationary: 209th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 227th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 232nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 289th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 308th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 308th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 329th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 350th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 385th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 386th in the regionLargest Populations: 403rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 438th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 464th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 485th in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 574th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 577th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 578th in the regionMost Developed: 592nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 596th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 743rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 762nd in the regionLargest Governments: 768th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 799th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 819th in the region

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