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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 60thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 71stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 107th
The Ostentatious Grand Duchy of
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Markreich

Population37.05 billion

CapitalOld Markburg
LeaderMark
FaithThe Old Believers

CurrencyMark
AnimalNeon Tetra

The Ostentatious Grand Duchy of Markreich is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Mark with a fair hand, and notable for its unlimited-speed roads, otherworldly petting zoo, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 37.05 billion Markreichians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The minute, outspoken government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Old Markburg. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Markreichian economy, worth an astonishing 14,989 trillion Marks a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an amazing 404,570 Marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.5 times as much as the poorest.

The nation's infamous boot camp is more brutal than most battlefields, the new cheese tax is colloquially known as "wheel welfare", a favorite "life hack" for gap year backpackers is to pretend to be homeless for government handouts, and the children of Markreich are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Markreich's national animal is the Neon Tetra, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Old Believers.

Markreich is ranked 35,379th in the world and 1st in The Village for Least Corrupt Governments, with 93.98 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 60thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 71stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 107thMost Stationary: 118thLargest Agricultural Sector: 124thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 147thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 164thHighest Economic Output: 179thLargest Publishing Industry: 199thHighest Disposable Incomes: 242ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 527thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 542ndMost Cultured: 554thMost Armed: 681stLargest Populations: 742ndHighest Average Incomes: 747thLargest Gambling Industry: 797thMost Efficient Economies: 801stRudest Citizens: 835thMost Cheerful Citizens: 942ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,022ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,044thSmartest Citizens: 1,066thMost Devout: 1,258thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,377thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,437thLargest Retail Industry: 2,050thTop
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Most Developed: 2,862ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,412thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5,265thMost Influential: 6,460thMost Inclusive: 7,333rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,384thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,522ndSafest: 7,736thLargest Mining Sector: 10,409thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,955thTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 15,246thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,537thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,989thLongest Average Lifespans: 20,544thLowest Crime Rates: 20,921st

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, the children of Markreich are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence.
  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, a favorite "life hack" for gap year backpackers is to pretend to be homeless for government handouts.
  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, the new cheese tax is colloquially known as "wheel welfare".
  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, the nation's infamous boot camp is more brutal than most battlefields.
  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, foreign 'investors' have been taking a great interest in the new secret shuttle.
  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, anyone who sneezes at border crossings is turned away.
  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, small children are learning a lot of new words from a teacher with Tourette Syndrome.
  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, the newest shade developed by Markreich's dye industry has been dubbed 'Agent Orange'.
  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, it's been a banner year for local vexillology.
  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, the government recently donated a surfboard to an impoverished family in a landlocked region.

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