by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 1,009th Largest Insurance Industry: 5,062nd Largest Information Technology Sector: 5,945th
The Fiefdom of
Father Knows Best State
Slide your way up the ladder
Merlin the Humble
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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The Fiefdom of Marilands is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Merlin the Humble with an iron fist, and notable for its soft-spoken computers, state-planned economy, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 2.068 billion Marilandsians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Snake City. The average income tax rate is 25.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Marilandsian economy, worth 338 trillion Silvers 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 slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. 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 163,864 Silvers, with the richest citizens earning 5.1 times as much as the poorest.

Gay couples have to travel to Brancaland to find a church that will actually let them wed, Merlin the Humble is worshipped as a god, invasive drug testing is now performed at elementary school sports days, and Merlin the Humble affectionately nicknames supporters by number. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Marilands's national animal is the Snake, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Marilands is ranked 12,104th in the world and 511th in Osiris for Largest Retail Industry, scoring 7,950.13 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

Most Influential: 1,009thTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 5,062ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,945thMost Efficient Economies: 7,998thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 8,970thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,604thLargest Black Market: 10,262ndMost Corrupt Governments: 10,956thLargest Retail Industry: 12,104thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,150thMost Developed: 12,302ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 13,662ndLargest Publishing Industry: 13,882ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14,950thMost Secular: 15,187th
Most Influential: 9th in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 195th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 227th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 321st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 346th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 354th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 430th in the regionMost Developed: 482nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 495th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 511th in the region

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