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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,428thLargest Retail Industry: 1,443rdNudest: 1,614th
The Corporate State of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
My friends, what could be better than wealth.
High Director Bettaro
Influence
Unproven
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Marcolos

Population2.415 billion

CapitalUpper Management
LeaderHigh Director Bettaro
Faithmoney

CurrencyJoint
AnimalGreat Northern Owl

The Corporate State of Marcolos is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by High Director Bettaro with an even hand, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, deadly medical pandemics, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 2.415 billion Marcoli have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Upper Management. The average income tax rate is 12.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Marcolian economy, worth 520 trillion Joints 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 Information Technology, Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Gambling. 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 215,552 Joints, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.1 times as much as the poorest.

A bill to outlaw math homework has been submitted, teachers are dying as they attempt to read 500 word essays without pausing for breath, the opposition leader's credibility has been undermined by constant attention drawn to a dodgy toupee, and taxpayers cringe whenever someone brings up the Former Antagonist Reparations Treaty. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent. Marcolos's national animal is the Great Northern Owl, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is money.

Marcolos is ranked 3,477th in the world and 7th in Anteria for Most Secular, with 98.76 Atheism Rate.

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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,428thLargest Retail Industry: 1,443rdNudest: 1,614thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,715thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,851stFattest Citizens: 2,353rdTop
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Most Armed: 2,477thRudest Citizens: 2,929thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,006thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,222ndMost Avoided: 3,301stMost Secular: 3,477thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,902ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,080thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,179thHighest Average Incomes: 5,400thMost Efficient Economies: 5,811thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,110thLargest Insurance Industry: 6,130thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,194thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,362ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,471stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,338thLargest Black Market: 9,355thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,760thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,621stLargest Mining Sector: 11,794thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,669thMost Cultured: 17,293rdSmartest Citizens: 20,381stLargest Governments: 22,386thHighest Drug Use: 24,047th
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Nudest: 3rd in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionMost Armed: 6th in the regionFattest Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 7th in the regionMost Secular: 7th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 8th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionMost Avoided: 10th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 13th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14th in the regionLargest Black Market: 14th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 15th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 16th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 16th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 18th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 18th in the regionTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 24th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 25th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 26th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 30th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 31st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 34th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Marcolos's influence in Anteria rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Following new legislation in Marcolos, taxpayers cringe whenever someone brings up the Former Antagonist Reparations Treaty.
  • : Following new legislation in Marcolos, the opposition leader's credibility has been undermined by constant attention drawn to a dodgy toupee.
  • : Following new legislation in Marcolos, teachers are dying as they attempt to read 500 word essays without pausing for breath.
  • : Following new legislation in Marcolos, a bill to outlaw math homework has been submitted.
  • : Following new legislation in Marcolos, high-tech infantry rifles automatically reload when the soldier shoots outside the screen of their helmet HUD.
  • : Marcolos relocated from Osiris to Anteria.
  • : Marcolos was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Drug Use.
  • : Following new legislation in Marcolos, recent events have left citizens both shaken and stirred.
  • : Following new legislation in Marcolos, election results are often delayed for weeks to count the expat votes.

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