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Most Armed: 2,795thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,034thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,847th
The Republic of
Democratic Socialists
E pleburis unum
Influence
Instigator
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Good

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Mardatan

Population6.528 billion

CapitalKovernika
LeaderJade Savon

CurrencyCashmark
AnimalBald Eagle

The Republic of Mardatan is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Jade Savon with an even hand, and remarkable for its soft-spoken computers, parental licensing program, and compulsory gun ownership. The compassionate population of 6.528 billion Mardatanians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded government prioritizes Defense, although Education, Administration, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kovernika. The average income tax rate is 90.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Mardatanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,032 trillion Cashmarks 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, highly specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Tourism, and Uranium Mining. 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 158,180 Cashmarks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

No-one can foil the ambitions of Big Aluminium, grinding bureaucracy has the international wheels of justice turning slowly, homophobia is off the menu, and convicted felons are forced into slavery for their crimes. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Mardatan's national animal is the Bald Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Mardatan is ranked 7,917th in the world and 3rd in Segmentum Tempestus for Largest Black Market, with 169 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Armed: 2,795thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,034thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,847thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,535thMost Inclusive: 5,027thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,686thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,391stLongest Average Lifespans: 6,508thHealthiest Citizens: 7,009thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,661stLargest Welfare Programs: 7,811thLargest Black Market: 7,917thMost Developed: 7,925thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,168thLargest Governments: 8,334thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,337thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,559thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,312thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,398thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 12,343rdSmartest Citizens: 12,664thLowest Crime Rates: 15,725thMost Corrupt Governments: 16,166thMost Efficient Economies: 16,301stMost Subsidized Industry: 17,359thHighest Economic Output: 17,468thMost Cultured: 18,061stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,860thMost Compassionate Citizens: 21,153rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22,723rd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Mardatan, convicted felons are forced into slavery for their crimes.
  • : Following new legislation in Mardatan, homophobia is off the menu.
  • : Following new legislation in Mardatan, grinding bureaucracy has the international wheels of justice turning slowly.
  • : Following new legislation in Mardatan, no-one can foil the ambitions of Big Aluminium.
  • : Following new legislation in Mardatan, policemen regularly conduct midnight raids on closed donut shops to 'collect evidence'.
  • : Mardatan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Nicest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Mardatan, vitriolic divorce proceedings have become prime-time television.
  • : Following new legislation in Mardatan, the government only invests in infrastructure after a natural disaster.
  • : Following new legislation in Mardatan, in court almost every witness is a hostile witness.
  • : Following new legislation in Mardatan, it turns out that you actually can put a price on intangible cultural heritage.

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