by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 17th Most Compassionate Citizens: 3,828th Nicest Citizens: 4,047th
The Island Republic of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Hope, pray and believe
Regional Officer
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population18.522 billion

LeaderPresident Mark


The Island Republic of Markanite is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by President Mark with an even hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, anti-smoking policies, and hatred of cheese. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 18.522 billion Markaniteans have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Environment, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lurgan. The average income tax rate is 49.9%.

The Markanitean economy, worth 721 trillion Punts a year, is extremely specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 38,940 Punts, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.2 times as much as the poorest.

Corporations donate huge sums of money to favored politicians, a large-scale revitalization of the education system is underway, employers may fire workers without giving any reason, and prime real estate is devoted to wind farms and solar energy generators. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Markanite's national animal is the Dog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Catholicism.

Markanite is ranked 157,081st in the world and 1,201st in 10000 Islands for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring -6.48 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

Most Influential: 17thTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 3,828thNicest Citizens: 4,047thBest Weather: 4,058thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,318thLargest Populations: 5,072ndLargest Welfare Programs: 6,709thMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,808thMost Devout: 7,038thMost Pacifist: 7,427thTop
Most Stationary: 9,222ndMost Beautiful Environments: 10,464thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,091stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,342ndLongest Average Lifespans: 13,305thHealthiest Citizens: 14,307th
Most Influential: 8th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 37th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 52nd in the regionTop
Most Devout: 66th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 82nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 85th in the regionBest Weather: 90th in the regionMost Stationary: 93rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 112th in the region

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