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Largest Publishing Industry: 730th Largest Populations: 1,267th Highest Economic Output: 1,617th
The Unified City-States of
New York Times Democracy
[...] we live as many, we stand as one.
King Whirnak
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Maraque

Population28.302 billion

CapitalTærak
LeaderKing Whirnak
FaithXanthaiyanism

CurrencyLachkri
AnimalTsvarchivan white lioness

The Unified City-States of Maraque is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by King Whirnak with a fair hand, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, unlimited-speed roads, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 28.302 billion Maraqueans enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized government prioritizes Education, with Social Policy, Healthcare, and Welfare also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tærak. The average income tax rate is 29.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Tsvarchivan economy, worth a remarkable 4,101 trillion Lachkris a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 144,933 Lachkris, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Criminals always seem to be forewarned of police raids, saying 'Hi Guys' to a mixed gender group of people at work is a fireable offense, octogenarian swimsuit models insist that they've still got it, and space shuttles are lying silent on the runway till the Space Agency can work out how to fit a creche and a meditation room into their next spacecraft. Crime is totally unknown. Maraque's national animal is the Tsvarchivan white lioness, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Xanthaiyanism.

Maraque is ranked 14,403rd in the world and 10th in Atlantian Oceania for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 245.11 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Largest Publishing Industry: 730thLargest Populations: 1,267thHighest Economic Output: 1,617thTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 1,813thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,824thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,869thFattest Citizens: 2,051stLargest Mining Sector: 3,627thSmartest Citizens: 5,662ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7,179thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7,946thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 8,876thMost Avoided: 9,333rdMost Secular: 9,434thLargest Retail Industry: 11,058thMost Efficient Economies: 11,133rdMost Stationary: 11,295thNudest: 12,516thMost Inclusive: 12,852ndMost Advanced Public Education: 12,936thHighest Average Incomes: 13,039thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,403rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,669thLeast Corrupt Governments: 16,146thLargest Welfare Programs: 16,962nd
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Largest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionTop
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Fattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 4th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 6th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 8th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 8th in the regionMost Inclusive: 9th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 9th in the regionTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 10th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 10th in the regionNudest: 10th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 12th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 12th in the regionMost Avoided: 12th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 12th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 14th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 16th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 17th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Maraque was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Least Corrupt Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Maraque, space shuttles are lying silent on the runway till the Space Agency can work out how to fit a creche and a meditation room into their next spacecraft.
  • : Following new legislation in Maraque, octogenarian swimsuit models insist that they've still got it.
  • : Following new legislation in Maraque, saying 'Hi Guys' to a mixed gender group of people at work is a fireable offense.
  • : Maraque was reclassified from "Civil Rights Lovefest" to "New York Times Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Maraque, criminals always seem to be forewarned of police raids.
  • : Following new legislation in Maraque, excessive wheelchair ramps on government buildings have been compared to theme park attractions.
  • : Following new legislation in Maraque, sullen teenagers in bright orange 'community payback' onesies can be seen picking litter at the roadside.
  • : Following new legislation in Maraque, in pet stores nationwide Tsvarchivan white lionesses are growing in popularity.
  • : Following new legislation in Maraque, private pharmacies close down as medicinal drugs are given away freely by the government.

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