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Least Corrupt Governments: 2,388th Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,533rd Largest Agricultural Sector: 3,405th
The Free Land of
Left-wing Utopia
By The People For The People
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Marchandal

Population922 million

CapitalMetropolis
LeaderDave

Currencydollar
Animalhoney bee

The Free Land of Marchandal is a huge, genial nation, ruled by Dave with a fair hand, and renowned for its daily referendums, punitive income tax rates, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 922 million Marchands are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, socially-minded government prioritizes Education, with Administration, Healthcare, and Welfare also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Defense receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Metropolis. The average income tax rate is 85.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Marchandalian economy, worth 112 trillion dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 121,607 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Crime is on the rise as DNA sampling has been all but outlawed, polygraphs are relegated to the dungeon exhibit in castle museums, feuilletons can only be deciphered with a Galliennais dictionary, and drug lords often avoid prison time by teaching "chemistry" classes to underprivileged youth. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Marchandal's national animal is the honey bee, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Marchandal is ranked 3,405th in the world and 33rd in 10000 Islands for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring 9,683.8 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 2,388thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,533rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,405thSafest: 3,529thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,539thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,829thNicest Citizens: 3,963rdMost Pacifist: 4,019thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,454thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,035thMost Inclusive: 5,226thMost Secular: 5,857thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,163rdMost Influential: 6,191stLargest Welfare Programs: 6,659thHighest Drug Use: 6,737thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,315thSmartest Citizens: 7,696thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 8,355thMost Developed: 9,173rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,200thHealthiest Citizens: 9,414thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,936thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,805thMost Cheerful Citizens: 12,500thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,557thLowest Crime Rates: 12,653rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,761stLargest Governments: 13,348thMost Cultured: 15,184thMost Income Equality: 15,465thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,625th
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 33rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 34th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 52nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 56th in the regionTop
10%
Safest: 68th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 73rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 74th in the regionMost Pacifist: 80th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 83rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 91st in the regionMost Secular: 96th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 100th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 100th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 106th in the regionMost Income Equality: 111th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 112th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Marchandal, drug lords often avoid prison time by teaching "chemistry" classes to underprivileged youth.
  • : Following new legislation in Marchandal, feuilletons can only be deciphered with a Galliennais dictionary.
  • : Following new legislation in Marchandal, polygraphs are relegated to the dungeon exhibit in castle museums.
  • : Marchandal was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Smartest Citizens and the Top 10% for Most Cultured and Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : Following new legislation in Marchandal, crime is on the rise as DNA sampling has been all but outlawed.
  • : Following new legislation in Marchandal, the Party has more splits than a yo-yo dieter's trousers.
  • : Following new legislation in Marchandal, Marchandal's free colleges struggle to maintain standards in the face of overwhelming demand.
  • : Following new legislation in Marchandal, prankster scientists legally change their names to silly pseudonyms before major discoveries.
  • : Following new legislation in Marchandal, even the nation's brussel sprouts are delicious and nutritious.
  • : Following new legislation in Marchandal, the government has instituted 'traveller reservations' across the country.

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