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The Most Serene Republic of Marmotien

“Sic parvis magna”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Europe

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The Most Serene Republic of Marmotien is a massive, economically powerful nation, renowned for its punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, intelligent population of 4.871 billion Marmotienians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent government stops and the rest of society begins, but it devotes most of its attentions to Education, with areas such as Defence and Social Welfare receiving almost no funds by comparison. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Murmelhausen. The average income tax rate is 76%. A powerhouse of a private sector is dominated by the Book Publishing industry.

Voting is voluntary, the poor are often seen pale and dizzy after selling their blood to make ends meet, the police have reaffirmed their tough stance on drugs, and pharmacies close down as medicinal drugs are sold freely by the government. Crime is well under control, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Marmotien's national animal is the Marmot, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its currency is the Murmel.

Marmotien is ranked 137th in Europe and 54,634th in the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, scoring 90 on the Inverse Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 12 hours ago

  • 5 hours ago: Following new legislation in Marmotien, pharmacies close down as medicinal drugs are sold freely by the government.
  • 5 hours ago: Following new legislation in Marmotien, the police have reaffirmed their tough stance on drugs.
  • 5 hours ago: Following new legislation in Marmotien, the poor are often seen pale and dizzy after selling their blood to make ends meet.
  • 2 days 5 hours ago: Following new legislation in Marmotien, voting is voluntary.
  • 5 days ago: Following new legislation in Marmotien, houses and businesses are bulldozed to make way for ever-expanding cemeteries.
  • 5 days ago: Following new legislation in Marmotien, the government is spending millions on renovating the public transportation system.
  • 5 days ago: Following new legislation in Marmotien, immigrants flood the job queues as discrimination in the workplace makes a staggering comeback.
  • 9 days ago: Following new legislation in Marmotien, the government is promoting multicultural values with the new 'Just Be Nice, OK?' initiative.
  • 13 days ago: Following new legislation in Marmotien, badminton was recently banned due to 'unacceptable violence' inherent to the game.
  • 13 days ago: Following new legislation in Marmotien, meat-eating is frowned upon.

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