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Most Influential: 2,046thMost Armed: 3,166thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,204th
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Marie Byrd

Population4.052 billion

CapitalDeheubarth
LeaderKing Terrance
FaithChurch of Marie Byrd

CurrencyGrant Island Pound
AnimalPenguin

The United Kingdom of Marie Byrd is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by King Terrance with an iron fist, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, anti-smoking policies, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.052 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 government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Deheubarth. The average income tax rate is 68.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Marie Byrdian economy, worth 691 trillion Grant Island Pounds a year, is quite specialized and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 170,544 Grant Island Pounds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.1 times as much as the poorest.

Snap elections are called over every minor impasse, it is a common belief that a sport isn't sport if there are no decapitations, any body part that can be cut off a person is no longer considered to be their property, and with great power generation comes great responsibility. 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 198,436th in the world and 216th in Thaecia for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -55.55 on the Hayek Index.

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Most Influential: 2,046thTop
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Most Armed: 3,166thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,204thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,248thLargest Black Market: 4,396thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,692ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,748thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,246thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,235thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,272ndLowest Crime Rates: 9,248thHighest Average Incomes: 9,734thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,275thTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 11,080thMost Cultured: 11,294thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,765thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,790thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,132ndLargest Mining Sector: 12,226thMost Developed: 12,310thLargest Governments: 16,279thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,387thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,853rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,467thMost Efficient Economies: 17,688thMost Devout: 18,249thSmartest Citizens: 18,433rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,597thMost Inclusive: 19,608thMost Advanced Public Transport: 21,451st
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Most Stationary: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Armed: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10th in the regionMost Influential: 11th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 11th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 19th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 20th in the regionMost Conservative: 22nd in the regionMost Devout: 23rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 23rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 23rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 25th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 25th in the regionMost Cultured: 27th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, with great power generation comes great responsibility.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, any body part that can be cut off a person is no longer considered to be their property.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, it is a common belief that a sport isn't sport if there are no decapitations.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, snap elections are called over every minor impasse.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, thousands of former pirates can be found peddling knockoff products in flea markets.
  • : Marie Byrd voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Pedagogical Freedom".
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, student exchange programs are in trouble as everyone wants to leave but no-one wants to come.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, the nation's police officers are famously miserable-looking.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, uprooting flowers for religious ceremonies is a felony.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, midnight raids drag couples from their homes in the name of decency.

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