by Max Barry

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 514th Most Subsidized Industry: 811th Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,247th
The Premier of
New York Times Democracy
The Shield of Leftism
Spokesman Richard
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Mercia State

Population7.452 billion

CapitalThe Mercian Connection
LeaderSpokesman Richard
FaithMercian Pride

CurrencyMercian Dollar
AnimalDraft Horse

The Premier of Mercia State is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Spokesman Richard with a fair hand, and notable for its public floggings, ubiquitous missile silos, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 7.452 billion Mercians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Mercian Connection. The average income tax rate is 98.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Mercian economy, worth a remarkable 1,369 trillion Mercian Dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 183,815 Mercian Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Commuters are denied boarding for attempting to bring packed lunches onto trains, small children are learning a lot of new words from a teacher with Tourette Syndrome, the government sends submarines to retrieve bodies from shipwrecked submarines, and police officers that upset their bosses get assigned to 24 hour stakeouts of bike sheds. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Mercia State's national animal is the Draft Horse, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Mercian Pride.

Mercia State is ranked 168,612th in the world and 240th in USSD for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -795.38 on the Hayek Index.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 514thMost Subsidized Industry: 811thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,247thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,384thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,613thTop
Largest Governments: 1,731stLargest Welfare Programs: 1,818thSafest: 2,385thMost Influential: 2,529thMost Inclusive: 2,758thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,075thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,636thMost Developed: 3,713thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,016thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,286thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,290thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,637thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,191stLongest Average Lifespans: 5,563rdLowest Crime Rates: 5,563rdMost Efficient Economies: 5,618thHealthiest Citizens: 5,979thSmartest Citizens: 6,604thHighest Average Incomes: 7,398thMost Secular: 7,544thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,596thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,455thTop
Most Cultured: 8,816thHighest Economic Output: 9,641stMost Pacifist: 9,839thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,906thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,445thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,696thNicest Citizens: 14,464thMost Stationary: 15,924thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,966th
Most Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 6th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 8th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 8th in the regionMost Stationary: 9th in the regionLargest Populations: 10th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10th in the regionSafest: 11th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 13th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 13th in the regionMost Inclusive: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 14th in the regionRudest Citizens: 15th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 15th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 16th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 18th in the regionMost Developed: 19th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 20th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 21st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 21st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 23rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 24th in the region

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