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Rudest Citizens: 33rdMost Armed: 148thMost Secular: 167th
The Star Empire of
Corporate Bordello
Bóhi Nóbiscó / Vargeta Misa
Influence
Hegemony
Founder
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Mechyrdia

Population7.307 billion

CapitalPaloudlic Placj
LeaderNicholas III
FaithThe Reformed Tylan Pantheon et alia

Currencythrone
Animaltwo-headed eagle

The Star Empire of Mechyrdia is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Nicholas III with a fair hand, and notable for its infamous sell-swords, smutty television, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 7.307 billion Mechyrdians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Industry is also considered important, while Environment and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Paloudlic Placj. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Mechyrdian economy, worth a remarkable 2,421 trillion thrones a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 331,422 thrones, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,904,823 per year while the poor average 27,700, a ratio of 68.8 to 1.

The youth vote is only counted when kindergarten teachers ask who drew the best picture, ports have ground to a halt as no boat can reach them without trespassing, young soldiers are shocked to discover there are no 'safe spaces' on a battlefield, and the military is recruiting war criminals to join its weapons research teams. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, probably because of the absence of a police force. Mechyrdia's national animal is the two-headed eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is The Reformed Tylan Pantheon et alia.

Mechyrdia is ranked 414th in the world and 1st in Galactic Hegemony for Fattest Citizens, with 80.66 Obesity Rate.

Top
1%
Rudest Citizens: 33rdMost Armed: 148thMost Secular: 167thHighest Crime Rates: 203rdMost Avoided: 250thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 285thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 359thFattest Citizens: 414thHighest Disposable Incomes: 463rdLargest Retail Industry: 464thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 516thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 566thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 579thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 668thLargest Mining Sector: 848thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 990thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,093rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,116thHighest Average Incomes: 1,271stLargest Gambling Industry: 1,307thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,601stTop
5%
Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,716thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,821stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,138thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,774thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,895thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,709thHighest Economic Output: 5,104thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,630thMost Efficient Economies: 6,330thSmartest Citizens: 6,531stMost Pro-Market: 7,559thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,826thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,534thTop
10%
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9,397thMost Stationary: 11,381stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12,266thHighest Drug Use: 12,288thLargest Black Market: 13,632ndMost Influential: 13,928th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, the military is recruiting war criminals to join its weapons research teams.
  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, young soldiers are shocked to discover there are no 'safe spaces' on a battlefield.
  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, ports have ground to a halt as no boat can reach them without trespassing.
  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, the youth vote is only counted when kindergarten teachers ask who drew the best picture.
  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, travellers are often forcibly evicted by torch-bearing mobs.
  • : Mechyrdia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, crowded passenger trains are near-silent save for the soft tap of fingers on touchscreens.
  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, grannies get pulled over for knitting pullovers while driving.
  • : Mechyrdia changed its national motto to "Bóhi Nóbiscó / Vargeta Misa".
  • : Mechyrdia changed its national motto to "Bohi Nóbiscó / Vargeta Misa".

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