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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 265th Largest Manufacturing Sector: 291st Most Efficient Economies: 310th
The Grand Theocratic Empire of
Father Knows Best State
For the Holy Marsh! Death to the Vile Lard!
Influence
Truckler
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Holy Marsh

Population22.202 billion

CapitalMar'si
LeaderArch-Bishop Lainika
FaithMarshism

CurrencyMarshian
AnimalSparky

The Grand Theocratic Empire of Holy Marsh is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Arch-Bishop Lainika with an iron fist, and notable for its state-planned economy, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 22.202 billion Marshites are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt government is dominated by the Department of Defense, although Education, Industry, and Law & Order are also considered important, while Environment isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mar'si. The average income tax rate is 93.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Marshite economy, worth a remarkable 6,604 trillion Marshians a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Uranium Mining. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 297,475 Marshians, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Scoutmasters debate whether luxury log cabins defeat the purpose of camping, high-tech infantry rifles automatically reload when the soldier shoots outside the screen of their helmet HUD, politicians have literally dirty hands from their extracurricular activities, and citizens are deployed to barren deserts to protect small territorial claims. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Holy Marsh's national animal is the Sparky, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Marshism.

Holy Marsh is ranked 15,225th in the world and 23rd in Greater Dienstad for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero Valid Endorsements.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 265thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 291stMost Efficient Economies: 310thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 770thHighest Economic Output: 891stLargest Black Market: 944thMost Devout: 981stHighest Poor Incomes: 1,337thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,528thHighest Average Incomes: 1,654thTop
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,764thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,057thMost Inclusive: 2,289thLargest Mining Sector: 2,337thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,360thMost Cultured: 2,546thLargest Governments: 2,887thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,308thLowest Crime Rates: 3,598thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,941stLargest Populations: 4,153rdSmartest Citizens: 4,454thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,472ndHealthiest Citizens: 5,479thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,582ndMost Avoided: 5,608thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,293rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,305thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,626thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,259thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,619thTop
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Rudest Citizens: 9,195thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,543rdMost Influential: 10,612thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,907thHighest Drug Use: 13,552ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,225thMost Advanced Public Education: 15,321st
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Most Inclusive: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Holy Marsh, citizens are deployed to barren deserts to protect small territorial claims.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Marsh, politicians have literally dirty hands from their extracurricular activities.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Marsh, high-tech infantry rifles automatically reload when the soldier shoots outside the screen of their helmet HUD.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Marsh, Scoutmasters debate whether luxury log cabins defeat the purpose of camping.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Marsh, toy versions of heroin paraphernalia let kids pretend to be their favourite TV characters.
  • : Holy Marsh lodged a message on the Greater Dienstad Regional Message Board.
  • : Holy Marsh lodged a message on the Greater Dienstad Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Marsh, religious leaders order congregants to love any neighbour who is just like themselves.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Marsh, Marshite soldiers are assured their new ray-guns will finally power up after the next round of ominous chanting.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Marsh, armed war-criminals gain asylum if deemed 'fabulous' enough.

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