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Most Secular: 4,314thHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,899thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,625th
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Democratic Republic of Merkania

Population3.027 billion

LeaderKing Caesar


The Kingdom of Democratic Republic of Merkania is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by King Caesar with an iron fist, and renowned for its flagrant waste-dumping, sprawling nuclear power plants, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 3.027 billion Merkanianishes are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Romia. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 33.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Merkanian economy, worth 404 trillion Lire a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 133,567 Lire, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 449,783 per year while the poor average 29,386, a ratio of 15.3 to 1.

Anti-vaxxers claim that injected children are prone to psychotic breaks when they see the 'Queen of Diamonds' playing card, vehicle strikes into low bridges are on the increase, clumsy self-injury is a viable claim in modern compensation culture, and curtailed social programs have left many citizens bereft of any safety net. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Democratic Republic of Merkania's national animal is the ITALIAN WOLF, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Democratic Republic of Merkania is ranked 28,298th in the world and 782nd in Lazarus for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 4,789.15 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

Most Secular: 4,314thHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,899thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,625thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,764thMost Conservative: 10,438thLargest Mining Sector: 12,215thLargest Retail Industry: 12,816thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,391stTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 16,845thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18,311thMost Developed: 19,261stHighest Average Incomes: 20,692ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 21,206thMost Corrupt Governments: 23,766thMost Efficient Economies: 25,167thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 25,822ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 27,144thMost Beautiful Environments: 27,540th
Most Secular: 198th in the regionMost Conservative: 294th in the regionTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 392nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 425th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 460th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 500th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 665th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 691st in the region

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