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Most Devout: 950thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,096thMost Influential: 5,668th
The Holy Empire of
Psychotic Dictatorship
The Angrez Are Walou
Al Kabirah
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Marabia

Population6.47 billion

CapitalMarabesh City
LeaderAl Kabirah
FaithIslam

CurrencyMarabian Dirham
AnimalSnake

The Holy Empire of Marabia is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Al Kabirah with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, state-planned economy, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, cynical, devout population of 6.47 billion Marabs are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Spirituality, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Marabesh City. The average income tax rate is 82.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Marabian economy, worth 694 trillion Marabian Dirhams 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 slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Tourism, Information Technology, Trout Farming, and Furniture Restoration. 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 impressive 107,404 Marabian Dirhams, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Ghost regiments exist only on paper, distant and obscure male relatives succeed to the Marabian throne, lifelong celibates are surprised to receive government-issue condoms in the post, and the government confiscates candy from babies for 'the greater good' of the nation. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Marabia's national animal is the Snake, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Islam.

Marabia is ranked 168,549th in the world and 7,390th in The North Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 220.87 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Most Devout: 950thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 5,096thMost Influential: 5,668thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,880thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,537thMost Pacifist: 7,665thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,845thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,760thBest Weather: 9,582ndTop
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Most Authoritarian: 10,420thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,746thLowest Crime Rates: 12,875thMost Cultured: 13,285thMost Developed: 13,525thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,747thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,989thMost Compassionate Citizens: 14,136thLargest Black Market: 14,708thNicest Citizens: 14,901stHighest Poor Incomes: 14,907thLargest Governments: 15,692ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,380thMost Subsidized Industry: 18,452ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 19,949th
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Most Devout: 44th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 251st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 263rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 346th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 423rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 431st in the regionTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 486th in the regionBest Weather: 518th in the regionLargest Black Market: 529th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 568th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 571st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 581st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 646th in the regionMost Cultured: 649th in the regionMost Developed: 729th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 747th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 752nd in the regionLargest Governments: 770th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 779th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 788th in the regionLargest Populations: 810th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 819th in the regionNicest Citizens: 825th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 836th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 878th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Marabia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes and Highest Foreign Aid Spending.
  • : Following new legislation in Marabia, the government confiscates candy from babies for 'the greater good' of the nation.
  • : Marabia was reclassified from "Iron Fist Consumerists" to "Psychotic Dictatorship".
  • : Following new legislation in Marabia, lifelong celibates are surprised to receive government-issue condoms in the post.
  • : Following new legislation in Marabia, distant and obscure male relatives succeed to the Marabian throne.
  • : Following new legislation in Marabia, ghost regiments exist only on paper.
  • : Following new legislation in Marabia, police reduce their paperwork by refusing to arrest anyone.
  • : Marabia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies and Largest Trout Fishing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Marabia, hypochondriacs demand treatment for genetic disorders they don't have.
  • : Following new legislation in Marabia, shady doctors seem to have impeccable records.

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