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Rudest Citizens: 31stMost Armed: 147thMost 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

Population7.312 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 remarkable for its frequent executions, smutty television, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 7.312 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 effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Industry is also considered important, while Environment and Welfare aren't funded at all. 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 2,423 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 331,505 thrones, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,905,302 per year while the poor average 27,707, a ratio of 68.8 to 1.

The military is recruiting war criminals to join its weapons research teams, children as young as eight can be found working in factories, politicians tack on a service charge for assisting with casework, and babies are increasingly seen as a luxury. 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 147th in the world and 1st in Galactic Hegemony for Most Armed, with 52.58 Weapons Per Person.

Top
1%
Rudest Citizens: 31stMost Armed: 147thMost Secular: 167thHighest Crime Rates: 203rdMost Avoided: 250thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 285thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 358thFattest Citizens: 414thHighest Disposable Incomes: 462ndLargest Retail Industry: 464thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 516thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 567thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 581stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 665thLargest Mining Sector: 850thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 992ndLargest Insurance Industry: 1,076thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,120thHighest Average Incomes: 1,270thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,291stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,602ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,712thTop
5%
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,840thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,148thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,774thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,895thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,725thHighest Economic Output: 5,099thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,630thMost Efficient Economies: 6,337thSmartest Citizens: 6,472ndMost Corrupt Governments: 6,672ndMost Pro-Market: 7,559thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,541stTop
10%
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9,413thMost Stationary: 11,379thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12,306thHighest Drug Use: 12,402ndLargest Black Market: 13,634thMost Influential: 13,919th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, babies are increasingly seen as a luxury.
  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, politicians tack on a service charge for assisting with casework.
  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, children as young as eight can be found working in factories.
  • : 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.

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