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Most Influential: 5,526thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,931stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,360th
The Planetary Social Republic of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Curse You Sun!
Overseer Cyote Rosevelt
Influence
Squire
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Good

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Independent Mercury

Population1.483 billion

CapitalMerctoria
LeaderOverseer Cyote Rosevelt
FaithAnti-Corruption Socialism

CurrencyMercuryian Silver Credits
AnimalSpace Rock

The Planetary Social Republic of Independent Mercury is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Overseer Cyote Rosevelt with an even hand, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, keen interest in outer space, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate population of 1.483 billion Mercuryians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Merctoria. The average income tax rate is 85.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Independent Mercuryian economy, worth 181 trillion Mercuryian Silver Credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an impressive 122,053 Mercuryian Silver Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The Intelligence services are renowned for their godless ways, sending sick politicians "Get Well Soon" cards is considered bribery, autocrats are persona non grata, and foreigners with shady pasts are fleeing the country. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Independent Mercury's national animal is the Space Rock and its national religion is Anti-Corruption Socialism.

Independent Mercury is ranked 246,958th in the world and 6,364th in Lazarus for Most Rebellious Youth, scoring -17 on the Stark-Dean Displacement Index.

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Most Influential: 5,526thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,931stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,360thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,785thMost Inclusive: 10,113thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,237thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,955thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,216thMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,460thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,553rdMost Developed: 11,870thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,012thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,098thHealthiest Citizens: 12,242ndNicest Citizens: 12,714thTop
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Least Corrupt Governments: 13,040thMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,458thMost Secular: 14,320thMost Patriotic: 14,641stLowest Crime Rates: 15,156thLargest Governments: 15,351stMost Income Equality: 15,625thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,052ndHighest Food Quality: 16,168thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,354thSmartest Citizens: 17,751stMost Advanced Public Education: 17,789thMost Efficient Economies: 17,805thLargest Information Technology Sector: 17,899thMost Valuable International Artwork: 18,104thSafest: 19,642ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 21,472ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 21,585thLargest Mining Sector: 21,894thHighest Average Incomes: 25,097th
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Most Influential: 125th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 288th in the regionMost Income Equality: 323rd in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 444th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 477th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 499th in the regionMost Inclusive: 516th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 528th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 583rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 587th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 631st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 638th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 652nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 653rd in the regionMost Developed: 664th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 674th in the region

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