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Highest Poor Incomes: 2,027th Most Secular: 2,077th Highest Average Tax Rates: 2,474th
The Democratic Socialist Union of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Freedom, Progress, Equality
Influence
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Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Merbija

Population2.746 billion

CapitalBrajime City
LeaderMark Karlsson
FaithNone

CurrencyLabour Voucher
AnimalWolf

The Democratic Socialist Union of Merbija is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Mark Karlsson with an even hand, and remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, pith helmet sales, and vat-grown people. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 2.746 billion Merbijans enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The large, corrupt, liberal, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Brajime City. The average income tax rate is 97.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Merbijan economy, worth 500 trillion Labour Vouchers a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is an impressive 182,332 Labour Vouchers, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Mark Karlsson's told that love often manifests itself through homicidal four-lettered litanies, doctors spend more time writing sick notes than caring for the sick, police reduce their paperwork by refusing to arrest anyone, and the government spends millions of Labour Vouchers every year prosecuting spammers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Merbija's national animal is the Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is None.

Merbija is ranked 9,659th in the world and 155th in the West Pacific for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 1,763.77 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Highest Poor Incomes: 2,027thMost Secular: 2,077thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,474thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,762ndMost Advanced Public Education: 2,866thLargest Governments: 2,919thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,112thLowest Crime Rates: 3,320thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,414thSmartest Citizens: 3,741stLargest Welfare Programs: 4,742ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,787thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,143rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,389thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,504thMost Developed: 6,005thMost Influential: 6,209thLargest Mining Sector: 6,374thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,395thHighest Average Incomes: 7,423rdTop
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Most Income Equality: 8,208thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8,848thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,542ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,659thMost Efficient Economies: 9,733rdMost Inclusive: 12,758thHealthiest Citizens: 13,798thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 14,213thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,838th
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Highest Poor Incomes: 49th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 51st in the regionMost Secular: 54th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 61st in the regionLargest Governments: 62nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 68th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 71st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 72nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 78th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 93rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 97th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 102nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 106th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 113th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 119th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 127th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 155th in the regionMost Developed: 160th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 167th in the regionMost Influential: 171st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 189th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 194th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 197th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 210th in the regionTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 350th in the regionMost Income Equality: 357th in the regionMost Inclusive: 376th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 390th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 399th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 399th in the regionNudest: 428th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 467th in the regionMost Stationary: 520th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 532nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Merbija, the government spends millions of Labour Vouchers every year prosecuting spammers.
  • : Following new legislation in Merbija, police reduce their paperwork by refusing to arrest anyone.
  • : Following new legislation in Merbija, doctors spend more time writing sick notes than caring for the sick.
  • : Following new legislation in Merbija, Mark Karlsson's told that love often manifests itself through homicidal four-lettered litanies.
  • : Following new legislation in Merbija, scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes.
  • : Merbija was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Civil Rights.
  • : Merbija voted for the World Assembly Resolution "World Assembly Justice Accord".
  • : Following new legislation in Merbija, major cities are suffering under water rationing.
  • : Merbija voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Pierconium".
  • : Merbija voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Woonsocket".

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