by Max Barry

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Least Corrupt Governments: 2,321stSafest: 2,414thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,370th
The Empire of
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Population7.253 billion

LeaderTheodor Walve


The Empire of Skandinavistan is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Theodor Walve with a fair hand, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 7.253 billion Skandinavistanians 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 government prioritizes Education, although Defense, Environment, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stockholm. The average income tax rate is 84.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Skandinavistanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,047 trillion Euros a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 144,420 Euros, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Being Theodor Walve has been voted one of the top ten most dangerous jobs, extraordinary tribunals try accused financial criminals, signs at the border tell international drivers where they can put their cars, and tax-payers are funding ever more extravagant movie projects. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Skandinavistan's national animal is the Dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Skandinavistan is ranked 47,561st in the world and 1,695th in Balder for Most Politically Free, scoring 74.48 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Least Corrupt Governments: 2,321stSafest: 2,414thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,370thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,090thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,220thBest Weather: 4,296thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,307thNicest Citizens: 4,493rdHealthiest Citizens: 5,100thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,385thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,396thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,485thMost Developed: 5,590thMost Influential: 5,633rdMost Inclusive: 5,663rdSmartest Citizens: 5,859thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,253rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,372ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,167thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,622ndMost Cultured: 8,982ndLowest Crime Rates: 9,880thTop
Largest Governments: 10,713thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,809thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,253rdMost Pacifist: 11,419thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,134thMost Secular: 12,453rdHighest Poor Incomes: 12,791stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,121stHighest Average Incomes: 14,871stHighest Economic Output: 16,142ndLargest Welfare Programs: 16,510thMost Efficient Economies: 19,548th
Most Influential: 30th in the regionTop
Safest: 96th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 99th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 103rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 112th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 168th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 181st in the regionNicest Citizens: 193rd in the regionBest Weather: 196th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 225th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 229th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 230th in the regionMost Developed: 230th in the regionMost Inclusive: 234th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 236th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 241st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 308th in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 407th in the regionMost Cultured: 463rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 472nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 475th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 543rd in the regionMost Secular: 568th in the regionLargest Governments: 578th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 606th in the regionMost Pacifist: 620th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 631st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 639th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 717th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 731st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 750th in the region

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