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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th Most Primitive: 13th Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 17th
The Kingdom of
Authoritarian Democracy
Take upon ye thy Lands, and Eat of its Fruits
the Great One
Influence
Truckler
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Merconitonitopia

Population12.062 billion

CapitalDrekk Kause Pyo
Leaderthe Great One
Faiththe Way of the Light

Currencydenar
Animalbarnacle

The Kingdom of Merconitonitopia is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by the Great One with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, frequent executions, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 12.062 billion Merconites are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded morass — prioritizes Defense, with Environment, Spirituality, and Industry also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Drekk Kause Pyo. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Merconite economy, worth a remarkable 4,502 trillion denars a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, extremely specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is an amazing 373,243 denars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Truncheon-mounted cameras record the beating of criminals in dynamic HD detail, the police are tightening their grip on alcohol smugglers, forty-year-old men are asked for their ID before watching the latest pony cartoon movies, and an underground group of geologists hides new discoveries to protect them from being destroyed in the name of safety. 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. Merconitonitopia's national animal is the barnacle, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is the Way of the Light.

Merconitonitopia is ranked 32,680th in the world and 243rd in Confederation of Corrupt Dictators for Most Extreme, scoring 28.36 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 5thMost Primitive: 13thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 17thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19thMost Ignorant Citizens: 21stMost Devout: 24thBest Weather: 53rdMost Subsidized Industry: 58thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 62ndHighest Poor Incomes: 111thLargest Black Market: 128thMost Beautiful Environments: 131stMost Corrupt Governments: 165thHighest Average Tax Rates: 290thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 304thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 346thLargest Governments: 406thLongest Average Lifespans: 465thMost Advanced Public Transport: 471stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 514thHighest Average Incomes: 697thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,077thHighest Economic Output: 1,619thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,065thMost Influential: 2,422ndMost Cultured: 2,847thNudest: 2,930thMost Efficient Economies: 3,039thLowest Crime Rates: 4,026thHealthiest Citizens: 4,363rdMost Income Equality: 7,800thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,381stMost Conservative: 10,245thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10,645thRudest Citizens: 10,800thMost Authoritarian: 12,487thLargest Populations: 14,578th
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Most Devout: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 7th in the regionMost Influential: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 8th in the regionMost Cultured: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Income Equality: 12th in the regionLargest Populations: 14th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 15th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 25th in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 34th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 55th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Merconitonitopia, an underground group of geologists hides new discoveries to protect them from being destroyed in the name of safety.
  • : Merconitonitopia voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Command Responsibility".
  • : Following new legislation in Merconitonitopia, forty-year-old men are asked for their ID before watching the latest pony cartoon movies.
  • : Following new legislation in Merconitonitopia, the police are tightening their grip on alcohol smugglers.
  • : Following new legislation in Merconitonitopia, truncheon-mounted cameras record the beating of criminals in dynamic HD detail.
  • : Following new legislation in Merconitonitopia, warfare increasingly resembles a video game.
  • : Following new legislation in Merconitonitopia, government employees from Merconitonitopia dominate international lumberjack competitions.
  • : Following new legislation in Merconitonitopia, the last thing Merconite soldiers hear before charging into battle is a preacher trying to convert them.
  • : Following new legislation in Merconitonitopia, anti-vaxxers claim that injected children are prone to psychotic breaks when they see the 'Queen of Diamonds' playing card.
  • : Following new legislation in Merconitonitopia, the Museum of Soybeans is the cultural heart of the nation.

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