Sweden

Sweden

Sweden
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Population 10,210,000
SINless Population (est.) 10%
Per Capita Income 41,000
Below Poverty Level 10%
Megacorporate Affiliation 38%
Education:
Less than 12 years 10%
GED 40%
4 year degree 37%
Masters or higher 13%
Major Language Swedish (97%)
Currency Euro
Capital Stockholm

With the aid of magic and technology, Sweden has gone from being green to being an eco-freak's paradise, a place where pollution is criminal and any infraction treated like a mortal sin. The countryside is covered in green forests and tidy farmlands in the south, while deep woods, winter forests and mountains are the trademarks of the north.

Swedish cities are oases of landscaped urbanization in a sea of rolling greens and natural shades; you won't find your typical urban sprawl decadence here. Swedish construction makes ample use of eco-friendly power sources and ergonomic designs.

Sweden is one of the most advanced alternative clean energy producers in the world, possessing over a dozen hydroelectric and geothermal plants. It is easily the healthiest and best run democracy in the Union. Combined with a well-educated and politically smart voting public, Sweden has settled at the top rankings of the best countries to live in.

The government here has traditionally been one of the most corp-hostile in Western Europe, and is the driving force behind the Union's amended accords with the Corporate Court. To withstand the resulting pressure from the corps, the Swedish government has adopted a very corp-like way of dealing with them - in other words, they use deniable assets and underhanded tactics. So far, they've been able to hold their ground quite well, but the upcoming meetings with the Corporate Court herald a change in the status quo.

In the shadows, Stockholm is known as the city where Damien Knight carried out the famous Nano-second Buyout, but it should also be known as one of the most technologically advanced cities in the world. The vast majority of services and living spaces in Stockholm are fully automated, eco-friendly and completely integrated with each other. Urban planning for this seamless system has been in the works since the Crash, and it's finally paying off. The system is designed to help the citizens live a hassle-free life, with as little generation of waste and pollution as possible. In form, this means much of the city resembles a series of interconnecting public arcologies, with integrated, clean, no-wait public transit systems. living and workplace are never far apart, to conserve time and energy; Matrix access is universal and open-air parks are never far away. It verges on being a techno-paradise, possible only thanks to the relatively unilateral high standard of living in this city.

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