by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 612th Most Influential: 910th Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,674th
The Principality of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Peace and Justice
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population1.333 billion


The Principality of Mercandia is a massive, orderly nation, remarkable for its pith helmet sales, frequent executions, and zero percent divorce rate. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.333 billion Mercandians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. The average income tax rate is 44.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Mercandian economy, worth 125 trillion marks a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Cheese Exports, and Trout Farming. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 94,469 marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Old dogs don't have to learn new tricks but they have to prove they haven't forgotten old ones, the monarchy has adopted absolute primogeniture, the most popular stadium acts are one-off performances, and nephews and nieces of the monarch resort to begging from relatives in palace halls. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Mercandia's national animal is the fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Mercandia is ranked 160,021st in the world and 8,754th in The North Pacific for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 41.35 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 612thMost Influential: 910thTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,674thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8,005thBest Weather: 8,114thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,177thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,567thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,496thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,745thLowest Crime Rates: 14,665thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,376thMost Authoritarian: 16,322ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16,527thHealthiest Citizens: 16,968th
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 162nd in the regionMost Influential: 372nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 373rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 416th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 430th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 445th in the regionBest Weather: 449th in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 457th in the regionLargest Black Market: 613th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 624th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 718th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 765th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 778th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 840th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 902nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 905th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Mercandia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Healthiest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Mercandia, nephews and nieces of the monarch resort to begging from relatives in palace halls.
  • : Following new legislation in Mercandia, the most popular stadium acts are one-off performances.
  • : Following new legislation in Mercandia, the monarchy has adopted absolute primogeniture.
  • : Following new legislation in Mercandia, old dogs don't have to learn new tricks but they have to prove they haven't forgotten old ones.
  • : Following new legislation in Mercandia, the ban on cars has been repealed.
  • : Mercandia was reclassified from "Psychotic Dictatorship" to "Iron Fist Consumerists".
  • : Following new legislation in Mercandia, etiquette guides advise visitors to 'grovel gracefully'.
  • : Mercandia was endorsed by The United States of Conservadoria.
  • : Mercandia was endorsed by The Free Land of Antityranicals.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 203 » Territorio di Nessuno, Shibutani, El Fiji Grande, Siwale, Corfad, Shin-Hachioji, Pallaith, The Rhein States, PlanetPunk, Yaorozu, Great Bights Mum, Sundred, Sunto, Kwaj, Bayern-Straubing, New Bremerton, Notyoutopia, Koda-Land, Dar es Saalam, THX1138, Kyrianian, United Draconia, AGoodPlace, Abiswashyo-bhumi, Shadowrik, Abrickhouse, Zeternia, Malta Comino Gozo, Alice Gardens, Lemonbiscuits, Acrabinnia, The Gamer Party, The United States of Romania, German Holy Roman Empire, Q w e r t y, Buckerino, Snoodum, Walter Jackson, Nogori, Ibiscaton, Ice and Tinian, Lunallian, Elgaland-Vargaland, Sanjurika, The Iron Lions, Zokk, Zupla, Selfgradatude, Yummy Blubber, Ethnon, and 153 others.New Lakemba, New Pruessen, ZimRobwe, The Reorganized Sith Empire, Yukti, The Lucky but Unfortunate Wanderers, Holy Oranz, Ninjak30, The Serdey Islands, Sil Dorsett, The Kyziban Islands, Amerian States, Amestris-Britannia, Niradans, Arstungry, Amauri, Daiz, Frances Francis the First of France, Indiana Hoosier nation, National Goats, Cyrenayca, Arthur Bomber Harris, Crodaria, Ausnakulia, Arimbia, Gurou, Dadastan Archipelago, Spartoptia, Aroa, Kulgatha, Wineclaw, Newpromisedland, Universal State Formula, Beagles Reborn, Titanianapolis, Guyomartand, Ostrinios, East Supple Lund, Central Ryal, Former English Colony, General COE, SORT, The True Crusaders, Blackphir, Agharya, Vincone Cae, Democratic Peoples Republic of the US, The Teddy, Bonjoura, Valhalla123, Votak Matim, Sinelona, Californian Redwood, Wilkshire, Uganda Knuckles UK, North Bratislava, Kasazzastan, Omnistria, Sakaryata, Wunderstrafanstalt, Cloydicia, Highton Islands, Kobagia, Diodone, Napnomadia, Sheldanada, Bearical, Ka Ching, Australiland, Unsophisticate, Hong Kong Empire, Federation Terra Australis, Black Templares, Outer Egorniand, Ethereal Expanse, SillyString, Empy, Dreadton, The Pantheons, Xentherida, Zumlandia, The Windmilluminati, The South Falls, Maott, Boltang, New Eleria, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Pasargad, Steraz, The Sinclarian Provinces, COCONUT-CITY, Alunya, Moubarakistan, Ainsworth, Ozstan, Atain, Ieprus, Suicidistan, Guer Aike, Municipality of Baria and Vungtau, Justanistan, Ofemerica, Egalico, Tappan Hills, Solmetria, Torakuen, Joodey, Ara Antrizuls, Guslantis, The Notorious Mad Jack, Novare Res, Racoda, VarDrade, Saturns Edge, Norostilors, Partax, Misuvelia, Zemnaya Svoboda, Orven, Peldorn, Jasminlandia, Steampunk Ariel, Plangainer, Sea Ghost, Trillius, Marijuana Haven, Kirostan, Haor Chall, Tsardom of Leonlandia, Unimaginable Doom, Ejhsa, Seidr Wyrd, Liberum Mundi, Victoriaans Nederlands, Apetopia, Lomjia, 1 very fast endotarter, Aratani, Ikea Rike, Miruma, Free Azzaca, Vikingiarchy, British Pacific Islands, Loutsland, Destructive Government Endorsing System, Castle Federation, Noahs Second Country, Test for a new hope, Elder Realms, North Altatude, The Black Cathedral, Antityranicals, and Conservadoria.

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