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Largest Information Technology Sector: 262nd Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 345th Most Scientifically Advanced: 368th
The Federal Socialist Republic of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Hermandad y Unidad
Influence
Auxiliary
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Merala

Population8.966 billion

CapitalArdoz
LeaderPrime Minister SÚptimo de la Fuente
FaithAtheism

CurrencyPeso
AnimalLynx

The Federal Socialist Republic of Merala is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Prime Minister SÚptimo de la Fuente with an even hand, and notable for its anti-smoking policies, state-planned economy, and digital currency. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful population of 8.966 billion Meralans have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The tiny government prioritizes Education, with Industry, Defense, and Administration also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ardoz. The average income tax rate is 6.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Meralan economy, worth a remarkable 2,888 trillion Pesos a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Tourism. Average income is an amazing 322,197 Pesos, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Home renovation shows are increasingly popular, hypochondriacs demand treatment for genetic disorders they don't have, sections of the police receive paramilitary training, and cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Merala's national animal is the Lynx, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Atheism.

Merala is ranked 157,166th in the world and 16th in New Atlas for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring -21.45 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 262ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 345thMost Scientifically Advanced: 368thHighest Poor Incomes: 460thSmartest Citizens: 594thHighest Disposable Incomes: 606thLargest Agricultural Sector: 640thHealthiest Citizens: 640thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 993rdMost Cultured: 1,054thHighest Average Incomes: 1,210thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,312thTop
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Most Developed: 1,769thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,173rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,227thRudest Citizens: 2,319thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,411thSafest: 2,828thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,350thHighest Economic Output: 3,457thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,767thMost Efficient Economies: 4,127thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,287thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,751stLowest Crime Rates: 4,789thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,298thLargest Governments: 5,740thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 7,990thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,176thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,872ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 10,117thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,590thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,960thMost Secular: 12,867thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13,914thLargest Mining Sector: 14,187th
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Merala, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Merala, sections of the police receive paramilitary training.
  • : Following new legislation in Merala, hypochondriacs demand treatment for genetic disorders they don't have.
  • : Following new legislation in Merala, home renovation shows are increasingly popular.
  • : Following new legislation in Merala, politicians are often found scavenging bins at night to supplement their income.
  • : Following new legislation in Merala, captains must wait until all rats are safe before jumping ship.
  • : Following new legislation in Merala, the government is continually probing the galaxy in search of alien life.
  • : Merala's influence in New Atlas rose from "Ambassador" to "Auxiliary".
  • : Merala changed its national nation type to "Federal Socialist Republic".
  • : Following new legislation in Merala, workers tend to schedule naps during all-hands meetings.

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