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The Empire of Skandinavistan

“Through science will we reach the stars”

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Location: Balder

Regional Influence: Hatchling


The Empire of Skandinavistan is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Theodor Walve with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, compulsory military service, and otherworldly petting zoo. The compassionate, democratic population of 7.063 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 receives no funds. 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 1,020 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 6,230th in the world and 306th in Balder for Longest Average Lifespans, with 92.01 Years.

Least Corrupt Governments: 2,302ndSafest: 2,417thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,417thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,895thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,929thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,254thBest Weather: 4,290thMost Influential: 4,310thNicest Citizens: 4,437thHealthiest Citizens: 5,107thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,444thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,457thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,533rdMost Developed: 5,614thMost Inclusive: 5,680thSmartest Citizens: 5,887thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,230thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,334thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,193rdMost Advanced Public Education: 8,694thMost Cultured: 9,042ndLowest Crime Rates: 9,987thTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,650thLargest Governments: 10,790thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,811thMost Pacifist: 11,416thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,299thMost Secular: 12,380thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,667thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,138thHighest Average Incomes: 14,810thHighest Economic Output: 16,443rdLargest Welfare Programs: 16,543rdMost Efficient Economies: 19,238th
Most Influential: 30th in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 94th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 113th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 113th in the regionSafest: 115th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 157th in the regionBest Weather: 183rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 195th in the regionNicest Citizens: 207th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 233rd in the regionMost Developed: 234th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 238th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 241st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 246th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 251st in the regionMost Inclusive: 259th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 306th in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 401st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 463rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 468th in the regionMost Cultured: 479th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 548th in the regionMost Secular: 559th in the regionLargest Governments: 592nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 598th in the regionMost Pacifist: 613th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 633rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 645th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 728th in the region

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