by Max Barry

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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 7th Most Primitive: 13th Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 14th
The Kingdom of
Authoritarian Democracy
Vanity of Vanities; All is Vanity
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population12.642 billion

CapitalDrekk Kause Pyo
Leaderthe Great One
Faiththe Way of the Light


The Kingdom of Merconitonitopia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by the Great One with an even hand, and remarkable for its infamous sell-swords, fear of technology, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 12.642 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, 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 4,868 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 385,137 denars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Flatulent people are left to die of cancer at the end of hospital waiting lists, bins outnumber trees in city parks, all the world's a stage for Merconite political theatrics, and the police crack down on tax evaders without mercy. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. 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 169,767th in the world and 779th in Confederation of Corrupt Dictators for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 8.6 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 7thMost Primitive: 13thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19thMost Devout: 22ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 25thBest Weather: 46thMost Subsidized Industry: 59thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 63rdLargest Black Market: 111thMost Beautiful Environments: 124thHighest Poor Incomes: 140thMost Corrupt Governments: 163rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 267thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 290thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 321stLargest Governments: 369thLongest Average Lifespans: 441stMost Advanced Public Transport: 444thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 454thHighest Average Incomes: 616thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 921stHighest Economic Output: 1,501stTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,364thMost Influential: 2,414thMost Cultured: 2,823rdMost Efficient Economies: 3,039thNudest: 3,042ndLowest Crime Rates: 3,251stHealthiest Citizens: 4,032ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,175thRudest Citizens: 6,006thTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 8,598thMost Conservative: 10,811thMost Income Equality: 13,333rdLargest Populations: 14,234thMost Authoritarian: 16,378thLargest Welfare Programs: 16,614th
Most Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 7th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 8th in the regionMost Cultured: 10th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 15th in the regionNudest: 16th in the regionLargest Populations: 17th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 17th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 22nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 29th in the regionRudest Citizens: 33rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 36th in the regionTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 45th in the regionMost Stationary: 50th in the region

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