by Max Barry

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Largest Retail Industry: 43rdMost Influential: 222ndMost Corrupt Governments: 237th
The Corporate Federation of
Father Knows Best State
Together As One
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population8.121 billion

LeaderPresident Cornelius Crewes


The Corporate Federation of Maritzal is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by President Cornelius Crewes with an iron fist, and renowned for its state-planned economy, soft-spoken computers, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, cheerful population of 8.121 billion Maritzalians 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 Defense, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Meridian. The average income tax rate is 91.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Maritzalian economy, worth a remarkable 3,356 trillion Pistas 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched black market in Information Technology, Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. 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 413,261 Pistas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

The Motherland's muscle-bound athletes won 786 medals at the last United Europe Games, it is believed that belligerence is a passing phase foreign leaders will soon outgrow, the country's famous rainforests are being bulldozed by the mining industry, and preschools put children down for naps with milk, cookies, and a gruesome story of vengeance. Crime is totally unknown. Maritzal's national animal is the Cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Atheism.

Maritzal is ranked 1,930th in the world and 25th in Europe for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 9,308.37 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Largest Retail Industry: 43rdMost Influential: 222ndMost Corrupt Governments: 237thLargest Information Technology Sector: 345thMost Secular: 429thLargest Black Market: 446thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 498thHighest Average Incomes: 639thHighest Poor Incomes: 772ndMost Rebellious Youth: 872ndLargest Gambling Industry: 886thFattest Citizens: 930thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 950thRudest Citizens: 950thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,309thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,319thMost Efficient Economies: 1,473rdMost Cultured: 1,480thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,676thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,874thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,928thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,930thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,110thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,195thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,699thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,371stHighest Economic Output: 3,480thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,250thSmartest Citizens: 4,568thLargest Governments: 4,999thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,774thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,366thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,015thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,154thTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 11,069thMost Stationary: 11,684thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,978thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,083rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 15,224thLargest Welfare Programs: 17,186thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,362ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,626th
Largest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7th in the regionMost Secular: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 10th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 10th in the regionTop
Rudest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 12th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 12th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13th in the regionFattest Citizens: 14th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 18th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 22nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 25th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 28th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 29th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 31st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 32nd in the regionMost Cultured: 35th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 36th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 45th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 46th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 48th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 52nd in the regionMost Stationary: 58th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 67th in the regionLargest Governments: 77th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 85th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 91st in the regionMost Armed: 99th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 101st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Maritzal, preschools put children down for naps with milk, cookies, and a gruesome story of vengeance.
  • : Following new legislation in Maritzal, the country's famous rainforests are being bulldozed by the mining industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Maritzal, it is believed that belligerence is a passing phase foreign leaders will soon outgrow.
  • : Following new legislation in Maritzal, the Motherland's muscle-bound athletes won 786 medals at the last United Europe Games.
  • : Maritzal voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Access to Abortion".
  • : Following new legislation in Maritzal, the experimental sculpture "Overtures In Dried Cat Dung" has been declared a national treasure.
  • : Following new legislation in Maritzal, the term "Native Maritzalian" has been redefined as anyone with the same skin color as the majority.
  • : Following new legislation in Maritzal, the Museum of Blackacrean War Crimes is located on "Blackacre Did Nothing Wrong Avenue".
  • : Following new legislation in Maritzal, advertisements for jobs in the sciences run in fashion magazines.
  • : Following new legislation in Maritzal, bus ads propagandize causes ranging from sexual revolution to religious pogroms.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 113 » Imperium Anglorum, The Seven Provinces, Troltovia, The New Nordic Union, Lovisa, Slavorussia, Dark Matter, Outer Sparta, The Poland-Lithuania Commonwealth, Einswenn, An Clar, Evka, Popaholick, Lexembourg, TF1 TASK FORCE 1, Wombelland, Sinclairtown, Northern German Federation, Galway-Dublin, Alympian Kingdom, Yahlia, Saint Domingo, Feria-Alkaline, Slavonia and Srijem, Bohomo, Ahma, Thracia Republic, Daneforth, Irminsulia, Regnum Italiae, Pilipinas and Malaya, Cre Alworkez, North of Americas, Alsted, St Scarlett, Brakanistan, Ostermarch, The Champions League, Rouvenor, South St Maarten, GanymedEuropa, Boldia, Chioganah, Pazano, New Ylicia, Kaspinia, Belmoren, Purgatio, Stukilo, Dorpz, and 63 others.Death Bat, Amicities, Greate San Marino, Thracia and Crimea, Estonesia, Miharr, Germany Third Reich, Cytadela, Jim the Baptist, Supcotia, Republic of Satherland, Leranditale, Beauprix, Nardin, Kenmoria WA Mission, Republic Of Vox, Bahnhofstrasse, Mantcor, Parliamentary Laramidia, British Norklon, Pydrus, Viciebskaja, The Kingdom of Denmark, Soviet Taoistan, Nevelja, New Vorarlberg, Gingera, MFG R, Sagral, Suissen, Permorania, Apabeossie, Cherised Lands of Galicia, Lumitauka, Novo Portugal, Sicilian Imperial-Capitalist Empire, Free Furentenia, Belgique et France, Mallesia, Stromia, Neuchateau, Betasia, Old Katy, Leszno, Walfo, Porury, Navence, Novum Hesperia, Preusses, Lord Sapre, Rijland, Monte Naranja, Enway, Swillinia, Free Workers Macedon, Shagolaa, Caoripp, Legique, Sienkahn, Elitestland, The Pagan Moon, Kanokla, and Bathera.

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