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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 242ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 254thLargest Black Market: 444th
The Grand Theocratic Empire of
Father Knows Best State
For the Holy Marsh! Death to the Vile Lard!
Influence
Truckler
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Holy Marsh

Population24.267 billion

CapitalMar'si
LeaderArch-Bishop Lainika
FaithMarshism

CurrencyMarshian
AnimalSparky

The Grand Theocratic Empire of Holy Marsh is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Arch-Bishop Lainika with an iron fist, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, otherworldly petting zoo, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 24.267 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 effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, with Education, Industry, and Law & Order also on the agenda, 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 94.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Marshite economy, worth a remarkable 8,528 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, 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 351,464 Marshians, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes, nations across the world are quick to praise Arch-Bishop Lainika's good looks and intellectual prowess, inter-species marriages are ignored by the government, and the importance of winning Olympic gold medals is indoctrinated from an early age. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. 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 33,152nd in the world and 17th in Greater Dienstad for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 840.13 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 242ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 254thLargest Black Market: 444thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 617thHighest Economic Output: 619thMost Armed: 716thMost Devout: 942ndHighest Poor Incomes: 1,105thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,145thHighest Average Incomes: 1,196thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,395thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,142ndLargest Mining Sector: 2,260thTop
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Most Inclusive: 2,448thMost Cultured: 2,548thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,608thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,637thLargest Governments: 2,782ndMost Efficient Economies: 3,066thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,149thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,546thLowest Crime Rates: 3,862ndLargest Populations: 4,021stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,021stLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,220thSmartest Citizens: 4,378thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,435thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,276thMost Developed: 5,468thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,506thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,654thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,668thHealthiest Citizens: 5,745thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,854thMost Avoided: 6,435thRudest Citizens: 7,426thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,120thMost Influential: 11,015thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,635thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,959thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,173rd
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Most Inclusive: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 4th in the regionMost Armed: 4th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 5th in the regionMost Cultured: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Holy Marsh was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Mining Sector.
  • : Holy Marsh was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Holy Marsh lodged a message on the Greater Dienstad Regional Message Board.
  • : Holy Marsh lodged a message on the Greater Dienstad Regional Message Board.
  • : Holy Marsh lodged a message on the Greater Dienstad Regional Message Board.
  • : Holy Marsh was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Marsh, the importance of winning Olympic gold medals is indoctrinated from an early age.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Marsh, inter-species marriages are ignored by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Marsh, nations across the world are quick to praise Arch-Bishop Lainika's good looks and intellectual prowess.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Marsh, scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes.

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