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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 240th Largest Manufacturing Sector: 274th Most Efficient Economies: 324th
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

Population21.643 billion

CapitalMar'si
LeaderArch-Bishop Lainika
FaithMarshism

CurrencyMarshian
AnimalSparky

The Grand Theocratic Empire of Holy Marsh is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Arch-Bishop Lainika with an iron fist, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, complete lack of prisons, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 21.643 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, with Industry, Education, and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Environment receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mar'si. The average income tax rate is 93.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Marshite economy, worth a remarkable 6,454 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 298,225 Marshians, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Colonists who were promised new lands find only war-torn devastation, terrified tympanists are finding themselves on the front lines armed only with kettledrums, doctors spend more time writing sick notes than caring for the sick, and conscripts often volunteer for a second tour of duty so they can get a ticket to next year's Army Revue. 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 12,649th in the world and 11th in Greater Dienstad for Highest Drug Use, scoring 107.2 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 240thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 274thMost Efficient Economies: 324thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 764thLargest Black Market: 871stHighest Economic Output: 882ndMost Devout: 1,012thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,269thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,489thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 1,622ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,775thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,091stLargest Mining Sector: 2,313thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,341stMost Inclusive: 2,358thMost Cultured: 2,532ndLargest Governments: 2,934thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,430thLowest Crime Rates: 3,611thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,815thLargest Populations: 4,220thSmartest Citizens: 4,495thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,380thMost Avoided: 5,480thHealthiest Citizens: 5,529thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,694thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,999thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,223rdMost Subsidized Industry: 6,490thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,330thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 7,622ndRudest Citizens: 9,353rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,252ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,550thMost Influential: 11,122ndHighest Drug Use: 12,649th
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Most Inclusive: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Devout: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Holy Marsh was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Holy Marsh lodged a message on the Greater Dienstad Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Marsh, conscripts often volunteer for a second tour of duty so they can get a ticket to next year's Army Revue.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Marsh, doctors spend more time writing sick notes than caring for the sick.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Marsh, terrified tympanists are finding themselves on the front lines armed only with kettledrums.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Marsh, colonists who were promised new lands find only war-torn devastation.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Marsh, not showing enough enthusiasm for mutual assured destruction is a court-martial offence.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Marsh, the Marshite war navy contains an oddly large number of luxury yachts and cruise liners.
  • : Holy Marsh was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Marsh, pretty hair and tight shorts are considered to be essentials for successful political lobbyists.

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