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Lowest Crime Rates: 3,215thNicest Citizens: 3,282ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,303rd
The Empire of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
From Many, One
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Meretica

Population4.934 billion

CapitalChristine City
LeaderKing Michael II
FaithBelecthorian Societal Orthodoxy

CurrencyBelecthorian Imperial Silver Dollar
Animaleagle

The Empire of Meretica is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by King Michael II with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, sprawling nuclear power plants, and digital currency. The compassionate, cheerful, devout population of 4.934 billion Mereticans have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Christine City. The average income tax rate is 95.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Meretican economy, worth 905 trillion Belecthorian Imperial Silver Dollars a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an impressive 183,591 Belecthorian Imperial Silver Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Garishly-decorated government buildings are being hailed as the height of 'religious nouveau', Members of Parliament are often found living in cardboard boxes, politicians always seem reluctant to publish their tax returns, and pictures of government employees with expensive Pearbooks 'working' on exotic beaches dominate local tabloids. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Meretica's national animal is the eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Belecthorian Societal Orthodoxy.

Meretica is ranked 7,224th in the world and 192nd in the Rejected Realms for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 463.3 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Lowest Crime Rates: 3,215thNicest Citizens: 3,282ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,303rdMost Inclusive: 3,422ndLongest Average Lifespans: 3,541stHealthiest Citizens: 3,675thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,781stHighest Food Quality: 3,969thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,031stMost Pacifist: 4,062ndLargest Governments: 4,171stHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,485thMost Efficient Economies: 4,621stMost Developed: 4,941stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,025thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,125thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,735thSafest: 5,802ndMost Cultured: 6,098thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,506thSmartest Citizens: 6,668thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,997thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,224thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,819thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,838thBest Weather: 7,959thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,061stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,459thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,661stHighest Average Incomes: 9,245thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,576thMost Patriotic: 10,144thLargest Agricultural Sector: 10,552ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11,259thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,166thTop
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Most Devout: 15,139thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 16,186thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 19,575thMost Corrupt Governments: 21,545thMost Average: 22,272ndHighest Economic Output: 23,947th
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 96th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 97th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 98th in the regionNicest Citizens: 98th in the regionMost Inclusive: 102nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 103rd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 106th in the regionMost Pacifist: 108th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 110th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 111th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 118th in the regionMost Developed: 128th in the regionLargest Governments: 129th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 130th in the regionSafest: 145th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 148th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 157th in the regionMost Cultured: 158th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 165th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 167th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 169th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 170th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 174th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 192nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 203rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 210th in the regionBest Weather: 214th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 214th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 215th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 232nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 237th in the regionMost Patriotic: 254th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 262nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 282nd in the regionMost Devout: 319th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 352nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 358th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 481st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 494th in the regionTop
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Most Average: 797th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 904th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,037th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Meretica, pictures of government employees with expensive Pearbooks 'working' on exotic beaches dominate local tabloids.
  • : Following new legislation in Meretica, politicians always seem reluctant to publish their tax returns.
  • : Following new legislation in Meretica, Members of Parliament are often found living in cardboard boxes.
  • : Following new legislation in Meretica, garishly-decorated government buildings are being hailed as the height of 'religious nouveau'.
  • : Following new legislation in Meretica, King Michael II's media campaigns take a hiatus around exam week.
  • : Following new legislation in Meretica, netizens fiercely argue over who loves King Michael II more.
  • : Meretica voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Safe Disposal of Nuclear Waste".
  • : Following new legislation in Meretica, war vets look after war animals.
  • : Following new legislation in Meretica, school lunches are made with hypo-allergenic wood pulp.
  • : Following new legislation in Meretica, King Michael II can't hear a thing when the unwashed masses throw rocks at the new state limousine.

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World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 6 » Minskiev, New Anarchisticstan, FiTzGEraLdLAnD, Zerentopia, COPPAtilism, and Islamic Republic e Jariri.

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