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Rudest Citizens: 28thMost Armed: 108thHighest Crime Rates: 156th
The Star Empire of
Corporate Bordello
Treda no v Aquilu / Naukaudan kjeg sost Leiro
Influence
Dominator
Founder
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Mechyrdia

Population9.984 billion

CapitalPaludlic 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 renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, free-roaming dinosaurs, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 9.984 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, with Industry and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Environment and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Paludlic Placj. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Mechyrdian economy, worth a remarkable 3,658 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 366,465 thrones, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,109,855 per year while the poor average 30,508, a ratio of 69.2 to 1.

Citizens frequently duel to decide who gets to go for jury duty, town welcome signs list corporate sponsors, Maxtopian tourists make expensive pilgrimages to Paludlic Placj to enjoy their national art, and governments opposing Mechyrdia are beset by rebels. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. 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 237,584th in the world and 5th in Galactic Hegemony for Least Corrupt Governments, with 21.72 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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Rudest Citizens: 28thMost Armed: 108thHighest Crime Rates: 156thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 185thMost Avoided: 195thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 226thFattest Citizens: 312thLargest Retail Industry: 337thHighest Disposable Incomes: 344thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 475thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 477thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 572ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 588thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 729thMost Secular: 766thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 769thLargest Mining Sector: 801stLargest Insurance Industry: 890thHighest Average Incomes: 1,083rdLargest Gambling Industry: 1,092ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,103rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,349thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,078thTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,645thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,771stLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,008thHighest Economic Output: 3,419thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,875thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,137thSmartest Citizens: 5,012thMost Efficient Economies: 6,351stLargest Publishing Industry: 6,537thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,945thMost Stationary: 9,696thTop
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Most Influential: 13,977thMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,360thMost Cultured: 15,488thLargest Black Market: 16,047thMost Pro-Market: 16,914thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 18,785th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, governments opposing Mechyrdia are beset by rebels.
  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, Maxtopian tourists make expensive pilgrimages to Paludlic Placj to enjoy their national art.
  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, town welcome signs list corporate sponsors.
  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, citizens frequently duel to decide who gets to go for jury duty.
  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, statue-sitting has replaced the stake-out as the dullest form of police duty.
  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, children are terrified that the 'flying police monster' will come to take them away in the night.
  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, the government response to disaster victims starving for bread is "let them eat stale cake".
  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, political candidates who don't release their birth certificates are presumed to have been born in Maxtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, the nation's infamous boot camp is more brutal than most battlefields.
  • : Following new legislation in Mechyrdia, nine-year-olds' chat logs are scoured for evidence of radicalization.

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