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Rudest Citizens: 29thMost Armed: 110thHighest Crime Rates: 149th
The Star Empire of
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Mechyrdia

Population9.062 billion

CapitalPaloudlic Placj
LeaderNicholas III
FaithThe Reformed Tylan Kyriaca et alia

Currencythrone
Animaltwo-headed eagle

The Star Empire of Mechyrdia is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Nicholas III with a fair hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, smutty television, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 9.062 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, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Defense, although Industry and Administration are also considered important, while Environment and Welfare are ignored. 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 3,224 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 355,865 thrones, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,865,784 per year while the poor average 36,353, a ratio of 51.3 to 1.

Unused plastic recycling bins are being dumped into landfills by the tonne, children are often punished for the sins of the fathers, the full title of Hon Nicholas III Vcte Mgve MF SEMLM GCME runs to several pages, and hit TV show 'The eXecution Factor' is a critical success. 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 Kyriaca et alia.

Mechyrdia is ranked 1,063rd in the world and 1st in Galactic Hegemony for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 19,512.61 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Rudest Citizens: 29thMost Armed: 110thHighest Crime Rates: 149thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 186thMost Avoided: 197thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 230thFattest Citizens: 322ndLargest Retail Industry: 332ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 379thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 448thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 543rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 586thMost Secular: 622ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 634thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 765thLargest Mining Sector: 779thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 786thLargest Insurance Industry: 965thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,063rdHighest Average Incomes: 1,154thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,172ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,295thTop
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,284thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,683rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,924thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,996thHighest Economic Output: 3,858thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,083rdSmartest Citizens: 5,081stMost Corrupt Governments: 5,264thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,943rdMost Efficient Economies: 8,470thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 10,108thMost Stationary: 10,135thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 14,367thMost Influential: 14,725thLargest Black Market: 14,862ndMost Pro-Market: 17,102ndHighest Drug Use: 18,029thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,545thMost Cultured: 21,267th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, hit TV show 'The eXecution Factor' is a critical success.
  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, the full title of Hon Nicholas III Vcte Mgve MF SEMLM GCME runs to several pages.
  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, children are often punished for the sins of the fathers.
  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, unused plastic recycling bins are being dumped into landfills by the tonne.
  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, the poor are quarantined in the inner cities to prevent criminals from entering the suburbs.
  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, violently opinionated speakers can be heard preaching their hateful views on every street corner.
  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, the nation is automatically assumed to be the source of all unmarked weapons.
  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, AI nannies tell children who refuse to go to bed that "my logic is undeniable".
  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, anti-government political posters adorn every building like wallpaper.
  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, college students make ends meet by selling their kidneys.

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