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Largest Publishing Industry: 567thLeast Corrupt Governments: 569thBest Weather: 796th
The Hushed Arcadian Shade of
Liberal Democratic Socialists Open-Minded Education State
Isn't it good Norwegian Wood?
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Northern Wood

Population3.642 billion

CapitalSylvanus
LeaderArcadian Ranger
FaithPastoral Pan Worship

Currencykrone
AnimalNorthern Moose

The Hushed Arcadian Shade of Northern Wood is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Arcadian Ranger with a fair hand, and remarkable for its smutty television, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and national health service. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 3.642 billion Northern Woodsmen love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sylvanus. The average income tax rate is 98.1%.

The frighteningly efficient North Wood economy, worth 785 trillion kroner a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 215,644 kroner, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Animal Liberationists are regularly arrested, couples are discouraged from marrying until they can rank their partner on a scale of one to ten, pop sensation "Jack and the Holograms" is storming the charts, and the North Wood Arts Council pays teenagers to sit through opera performances. Crime is totally unknown. Northern Wood's national animal is the Northern Moose, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Pastoral Pan Worship.

Northern Wood is ranked 569th in the world and 11th in Forest for Least Corrupt Governments, with 98.03 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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Largest Publishing Industry: 567thLeast Corrupt Governments: 569thBest Weather: 796thMost Developed: 854thNicest Citizens: 856thMost Compassionate Citizens: 908thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,013thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,033rdHealthiest Citizens: 1,052ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,058thMost Pacifist: 1,076thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,076thSafest: 1,267thMost Cultured: 1,443rdSmartest Citizens: 1,526thMost Inclusive: 1,537thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,649thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,741stMost Efficient Economies: 1,794thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,864thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,086thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 2,157thLargest Governments: 2,204thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,281stLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,310thLowest Crime Rates: 2,349thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,506thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,576thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,839thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,164thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,007thHighest Average Incomes: 5,181stMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,568thMost Secular: 9,035thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 16,510thMost Politically Free: 20,011th
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Largest Publishing Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 9th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 11th in the regionMost Developed: 11th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 14th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 14th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 14th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 14th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 15th in the regionNicest Citizens: 19th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 19th in the regionSafest: 19th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 20th in the regionMost Cultured: 21st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 22nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 22nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 22nd in the regionTop
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Most Pacifist: 23rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 23rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 27th in the regionLargest Governments: 30th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 30th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 33rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 33rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 34th in the regionBest Weather: 35th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 36th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 37th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 37th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 39th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Northern Wood, the North Wood Arts Council pays teenagers to sit through opera performances.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Wood, pop sensation "Jack and the Holograms" is storming the charts.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Wood, couples are discouraged from marrying until they can rank their partner on a scale of one to ten.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Wood, Animal Liberationists are regularly arrested.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Wood, nude art is becoming wildly popular.
  • : Northern Wood lodged a message on the Forest Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Wood, pilots always remember to send their doctors a Maxxmas card.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Wood, the nation is currently revamping its entire education system.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Wood, rare art has become a significant factor in negotiating all foreign trade agreements.
  • : Following new legislation in Northern Wood, songs in 4/4 time are simply too common for the musical cognoscenti.

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