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Most Influential: 2,677thMost Armed: 3,412thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,499th
The United Kingdom of
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Peace and Justice and love in the Service of the Crown
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Marie Byrd

Population3.037 billion

CapitalDeheubarth
LeaderKing Terrance
FaithChurch of Marie Byrd

CurrencyGrant Island Pound
AnimalPenguin

The United Kingdom of Marie Byrd is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by King Terrance with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, parental licensing program, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 3.037 billion Marie Byrdians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Deheubarth. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 76.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Marie Byrdian economy, worth 533 trillion Grant Island Pounds a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 175,776 Grant Island Pounds, with the richest citizens earning 5.9 times as much as the poorest.

Genetic research has been halted, government officials are phoning up good-looking celebrities to say they want to breed with them, blind dates reemerge as a necessary evil in the quest for love, and the nation's orphanages and maternity wards have been nicknamed 'the Killbot Factories'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Marie Byrd's national animal is the Penguin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Church of Marie Byrd.

Marie Byrd is ranked 173,741st in the world and 286th in Thaecia for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 20.9 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

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Most Influential: 2,677thMost Armed: 3,412thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,499thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,625thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,879thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,058thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,275thLargest Black Market: 6,434thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,513thMost Efficient Economies: 6,714thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,911thLowest Crime Rates: 7,398thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,437thMost Secular: 7,560thHighest Average Incomes: 8,884thTop
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Most Developed: 9,655thLargest Governments: 9,708thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,221stLargest Agricultural Sector: 10,435thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10,589thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,598thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,753rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,920thMost Conservative: 12,380thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,092ndHealthiest Citizens: 13,282ndLargest Insurance Industry: 13,535thSmartest Citizens: 13,627thHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,100thMost Inclusive: 16,541stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,892ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,212thMost Cultured: 17,578th
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Most Stationary: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Armed: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionMost Influential: 9th in the regionLargest Black Market: 10th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Conservative: 13th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 13th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 15th in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 16th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 16th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 21st in the regionLargest Governments: 21st in the regionMost Secular: 21st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 23rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 24th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 26th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 27th in the regionMost Developed: 29th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 30th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Marie Byrd was endorsed by The MP of Pap Sculgief.
  • : Marie Byrd was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Incomes and the Top 10% for Largest Agricultural Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, the nation's orphanages and maternity wards have been nicknamed 'the Killbot Factories'.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, blind dates reemerge as a necessary evil in the quest for love.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, government officials are phoning up good-looking celebrities to say they want to breed with them.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, genetic research has been halted.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, wind farms are erected on shuttered oil platforms.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, the "swords to plowshares" policy has created a generation of farmers that can kill a yak from 200 yards away.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, fake beard sales are on the rise amongst female commuters.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, every new toxic waste dump comes with a seal of approval from the government's science advisor.

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