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The Indie Sensation of Northern Sunrise Islands

“I do wonder if anyone checks this thing, actually.”

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Location: Emirates of Futurnia

Regional Influence: Squire


The Indie Sensation of Northern Sunrise Islands is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Sunrise the Trainer with a fair hand, and renowned for its public floggings, daily referendums, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 18.973 billion Northern Sunrisians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nowhere in Particular. The average income tax rate is 77.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Northern Sunrisian economy, worth a remarkable 1,305 trillion Sonic Adventure emblems 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 Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. Average income is 68,834 Sonic Adventure emblems, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

The government is spending millions on lawyers' fees trying to get Sunrise the Trainer off a murder charge, former arsonists can be found on local fire brigades, politicians constantly ring their voters to remind them how good a job they're doing, and stylish juvenile delinquents are highly overrepresented in fatal motorcycle accidents. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Northern Sunrise Islands's national animal is the Vaporeon, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Arceusism.

Northern Sunrise Islands is ranked 22,581st in the world and 2nd in Emirates of Futurnia for Most Valuable International Artwork, with 9.91 Bank.

Best Weather: 3,736thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,914thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,124thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,167thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,504thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,750thMost Cultured: 7,682ndLargest Populations: 8,693rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,779thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,049thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,467thTop
Highest Economic Output: 13,861stMost Cheerful Citizens: 15,587thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,813thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,345thSmartest Citizens: 16,529thHealthiest Citizens: 17,124thMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,774thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,904thHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,971stLongest Average Lifespans: 18,780thMost Developed: 19,443rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20,163rdMost Pacifist: 21,237thMost Valuable International Artwork: 22,581st
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Politically Free: 5th in the region

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