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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 59thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 81stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 101st
The Ostentatious Grand Duchy of
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Markreich

Population35.8 billion

CapitalOld Markburg
LeaderMark

CurrencyMark
AnimalNeon Tetra

The Ostentatious Grand Duchy of Markreich is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Mark with a fair hand, and renowned for its strictly enforced bedtime, free-roaming dinosaurs, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 35.8 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 14,239 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 397,741 Marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.4 times as much as the poorest.

Brancaland has gifted over nine thousand putrid moose carcasses to Markreich as a reminder of their "special relationship", the government is a proud sponsor of the National Gaming Association, the government has declined to declare any particular religion as its 'official' one, and the new foreign policy is "why bother invading neighbours when they can be bought wholesale?". 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.

Markreich is ranked 69,694th in the world and 1st in The Village for Most Average, scoring 41.65 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 59thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 81stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 101stMost Stationary: 120thLargest Agricultural Sector: 131stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 137thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 164thHighest Economic Output: 181stLargest Publishing Industry: 213thHighest Disposable Incomes: 254thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 475thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 495thMost Cultured: 594thLargest Gambling Industry: 627thMost Armed: 660thLargest Populations: 750thHighest Average Incomes: 752ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 863rdRudest Citizens: 876thMost Efficient Economies: 881stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 901stMost Cheerful Citizens: 930thMost Devout: 1,146thSmartest Citizens: 1,226thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,453rdLargest Retail Industry: 1,801stHighest Poor Incomes: 1,920thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 3,271stMost Developed: 3,855thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,624thMost Influential: 6,404thLargest Mining Sector: 8,354thMost Inclusive: 8,758thSafest: 9,055thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10,163rdTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 10,748thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,186thMost Beautiful Environments: 17,659thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19,037th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, the new foreign policy is "why bother invading neighbours when they can be bought wholesale?".
  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, the government has declined to declare any particular religion as its 'official' one.
  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, the government is a proud sponsor of the National Gaming Association.
  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, Brancaland has gifted over nine thousand putrid moose carcasses to Markreich as a reminder of their "special relationship".
  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, engaged partners detail their fiancés' private lives in detail to prurient bureaucrats.
  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, mining safety laws are often more expensive than what's being mined.
  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, conscripts often volunteer for a second tour of duty so they can get a ticket to next year's Army Revue.
  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, administrative districts are increasingly defined by their taste in housing architecture.
  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, 4-year-olds are often found reminiscing about the 'good old days'.
  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, meteorologists are instantly recognizable from their luxury cars and jewelry.

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