by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,080th Most Influential: 2,945th Largest Information Technology Sector: 7,966th
The Commonwealth of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
We wanted to be free and we owe this freedom to nobody.
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Below Average

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The Commonwealth of Merish Commonwealth is a huge, cultured nation, renowned for its otherworldly petting zoo, complete lack of prisons, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 900 million Merish Commonwealthians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Merish City. The average income tax rate is 42.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Merish Commonwealthian economy, worth 90.1 trillion kroons a year, is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Retail, and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 100,149 kroons, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

The newly revamped army is so eager for action that it has trouble keeping the peace, the most penniless demographics have by far the highest number of researchers per capita, a nation-wide cull of Owls is in effect, and the realistic depiction of tentacles is on the core syllabus of most art schools. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Merish Commonwealth's national animal is the Owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Merish Commonwealth is ranked 8,459th in the world and 386th in The North Pacific for Largest Retail Industry, scoring 9,836.98 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,080thTop
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Most Influential: 2,945thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,966thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 8,459thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,420thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,467thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,548thHealthiest Citizens: 14,627th
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Largest Retail Industry: 386th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 401st in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 485th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 534th in the regionMost Average: 588th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 594th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 675th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 759th in the regionMost Influential: 789th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 797th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 799th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 882nd in the region

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