by Max Barry

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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th Most Primitive: 11th Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 17th
The Kingdom of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Take upon ye thy Lands, and Eat of its Fruits
the Great One
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population11.66 billion

CapitalDrekk Kause Pyo
Leaderthe Great One
Faiththe Way of the Light


The Kingdom of Merconitonitopia is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by the Great One with an iron fist, and notable for its anti-smoking policies, ubiquitous missile silos, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 11.66 billion Merconites are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized morass — prioritizes Defense, although Environment, Spirituality, and Industry are also considered important. 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 4,162 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 357,015 denars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The bayonet is cutting-edge technology, citizens often ask "what has information technology ever done for us?", elections are outlawed and a hairstylist has recently received a government appointment, and Red Cross demand for body bags is rising while sutures go unused. 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 1,434th in the world and 21st in Confederation of Corrupt Dictators for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring 58,872.25 on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 5thMost Primitive: 11thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 17thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18thMost Ignorant Citizens: 22ndMost Devout: 23rdBest Weather: 57thMost Subsidized Industry: 57thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 67thHighest Poor Incomes: 129thMost Beautiful Environments: 135thLargest Black Market: 139thMost Corrupt Governments: 168thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 290thHighest Average Tax Rates: 325thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 393rdMost Influential: 429thMost Advanced Public Transport: 459thLargest Governments: 460thLongest Average Lifespans: 495thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 687thHighest Average Incomes: 795thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,434thTop
Highest Economic Output: 1,828thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,423rdNudest: 2,536thMost Efficient Economies: 3,084thMost Cultured: 3,686thHealthiest Citizens: 5,045thLowest Crime Rates: 6,592ndMost Income Equality: 7,851stTop
Most Authoritarian: 9,676thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,233rdLargest Populations: 14,836th
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionTop
Most Income Equality: 8th in the regionMost Cultured: 9th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 9th in the regionNudest: 9th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 11th in the regionLargest Populations: 12th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 14th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 21st in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 44th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Merconitonitopia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Authoritarian.
  • : Following new legislation in Merconitonitopia, Red Cross demand for body bags is rising while sutures go unused.
  • : Following new legislation in Merconitonitopia, elections are outlawed and a hairstylist has recently received a government appointment.
  • : Following new legislation in Merconitonitopia, citizens often ask "what has information technology ever done for us?".
  • : Following new legislation in Merconitonitopia, the bayonet is cutting-edge technology.
  • : Following new legislation in Merconitonitopia, politicians that report exaggerated crowd sizes for their speeches are dismissed for being delusional.
  • : Following new legislation in Merconitonitopia, pollsters are out of a job as elections have been cancelled.
  • : Merconitonitopia was reclassified from "Authoritarian Democracy" to "Psychotic Dictatorship".
  • : Following new legislation in Merconitonitopia, the police are reluctantly destroying millions of DNA records.
  • : Merconitonitopia was endorsed by The Republic of Castelia.


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