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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 229th Largest Manufacturing Sector: 267th Most Efficient Economies: 323rd
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

Population21.466 billion

CapitalMar'si
LeaderArch-Bishop Lainika
FaithMarshism

CurrencyMarshian
AnimalSparky

The Grand Theocratic Empire of Holy Marsh is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Arch-Bishop Lainika with an iron fist, and renowned for its compulsory military service, sprawling nuclear power plants, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 21.466 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 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 93.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Marshite economy, worth a remarkable 6,401 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 158,753rd in the world and 54th in Greater Dienstad for Most Rebellious Youth, scoring -31 on the Stark-Dean Displacement Index.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 229thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 267thMost Efficient Economies: 323rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 763rdLargest Black Market: 860thHighest Economic Output: 878thMost Devout: 1,034thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,239thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,506thHighest Average Incomes: 1,590thTop
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,804thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,056thLargest Mining Sector: 2,333rdMost Corrupt Governments: 2,354thMost Inclusive: 2,355thMost Cultured: 2,552ndLargest Governments: 2,906thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,440thLowest Crime Rates: 3,647thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,884thLargest Populations: 4,279thSmartest Citizens: 4,529thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,596thHealthiest Citizens: 5,662ndMost Avoided: 5,672ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,821stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,262ndMost Subsidized Industry: 6,600thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,652ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,611thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,970thTop
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Rudest Citizens: 9,593rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,547thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,814thMost Influential: 11,347thHighest Drug Use: 13,173rdMost Advanced Public Education: 16,153rd
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Most Inclusive: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Cultured: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : 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.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Marsh, the national security service are a bunch of crooks.

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