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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 60th Most Influential: 93rd Rudest Citizens: 1,318th
The United Kingdom of
Corporate Bordello
Per profectum personale opus
Regional Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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The United Kingdom of Meritdom is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, anti-smoking policies, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 2.277 billion Meritdomians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The tiny, corrupt, pro-business, outspoken government prioritizes Industry, although Defense, Education, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Environment and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Meritdom City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 2.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Meritdomian economy, worth 381 trillion Merit Dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Gambling. Average income is an impressive 167,624 Merit Dollars, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,028,814 per year while the poor average 11,953, a ratio of 86.1 to 1.

Citizens can't decide whether to be proud or horrified by the country's colonial history, sharks are enjoying their deliveries of canned food, government officials frequently cut taxes as a distraction from antics with their secretaries, and a typical fast food menu item could serve a small army. Crime, especially youth-related, is a serious problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Meritdom's national animal is the Arctic Fox, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Rationalism.

Meritdom is ranked 2,823rd in the world and 100th in The North Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 206.05 on the Hayek Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 60thMost Influential: 93rdRudest Citizens: 1,318thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,552ndTop
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,823rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,168thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,925thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,180thMost Avoided: 4,300thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,515thLargest Retail Industry: 4,646thLargest Mining Sector: 5,126thMost Armed: 5,517thFattest Citizens: 5,783rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5,895thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,014thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,016thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,616thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,814thMost Efficient Economies: 7,251stMost Pro-Market: 7,484thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 8,176thLargest Insurance Industry: 10,817thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10,922ndHighest Crime Rates: 11,522ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,111thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 13,566thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,010thMost Politically Free: 14,105thMost Rebellious Youth: 14,171stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14,296th
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Most Influential: 24th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 55th in the regionRudest Citizens: 57th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 61st in the regionTop
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 86th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 100th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 116th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 130th in the regionMost Avoided: 146th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 151st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 168th in the regionMost Armed: 190th in the regionFattest Citizens: 193rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 195th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 202nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 215th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 216th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 224th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 226th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 250th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 301st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 337th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 390th in the regionTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 512th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 581st in the regionMost Politically Free: 633rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 643rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 667th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 669th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 685th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 693rd in the regionMost Stationary: 722nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 776th in the regionLargest Black Market: 779th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 834th in the region

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