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The Incorporated States of
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Fortune Favors the Prepared Mind
That Famous Dude
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Founder
Civil Rights
Outlawed
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Frightening
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Mercanta

Population18.566 billion

CapitalMercantopolis
LeaderThat Famous Dude
FaithGlorification of That Famous Dude

CurrencyCredit
Animalthylacine

The Incorporated States of Mercanta is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by That Famous Dude with an iron fist, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, compulsory military service, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 18.566 billion Mercants 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 minute, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Law & Order and Industry are also considered important, while Social Policy and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mercantopolis. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Mercanti economy, worth a remarkable 4,537 trillion Credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Retail. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an amazing 244,400 Credits, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 948,765 per year while the poor average 43,097, a ratio of 22.0 to 1.

Couch potatoes are considered to be model citizens, the military refers to helpless combatants offering surrender as "sitting ducks", not showing enough enthusiasm for mutual assured destruction is a court-martial offence, and first-time moms are expected to be experienced parents from day one. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Mercanta's national animal is the thylacine, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Glorification of That Famous Dude.

Mercanta is ranked 43,522nd in the world and 1st in Realms of the Disappeared for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 4,509.33 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 412thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 683rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 879thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 911thLargest Mining Sector: 958thMost Corrupt Governments: 973rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,064thMost Efficient Economies: 1,109thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,424thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 1,775thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,907thMost Avoided: 2,151stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,245thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,255thLargest Retail Industry: 2,685thMost Devout: 2,797thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,842ndHighest Average Incomes: 3,133rdFattest Citizens: 3,379thLargest Black Market: 3,483rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,085thMost Conservative: 4,328thLargest Populations: 6,256thTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 9,521stMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,958thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,854thLowest Crime Rates: 13,979thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14,071stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,720th

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