by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 199th Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1,596th Rudest Citizens: 1,756th
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The United Kingdom of Meritdom is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, daily referendums, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 3.282 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, Healthcare, and Education are also considered important, while Welfare and Environment 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 2.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Meritdomian economy, worth 534 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 162,941 Merit Dollars, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,006,227 per year while the poor average 11,439, a ratio of 88.0 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 48,787th in the world and 2,022nd in Balder for Nudest, with 169.75 Cheeks Per Square Mile.

Most Influential: 199thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,596thRudest Citizens: 1,756thTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,887thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,317thLargest Gambling Industry: 4,333rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,493rdMost Avoided: 4,817thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,832ndMost Armed: 5,532ndLargest Mining Sector: 5,533rdLargest Retail Industry: 5,591stFattest Citizens: 5,813thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,894thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,585thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,925thMost Efficient Economies: 7,237thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,493rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7,976thMost Pro-Market: 8,294thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 9,413thHighest Crime Rates: 12,883rdMost Rebellious Youth: 13,053rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,844thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13,870thMost Politically Free: 14,223rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,227thLargest Insurance Industry: 14,261stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 16,572ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 17,469th
Most Influential: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 38th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 48th in the regionTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 108th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 130th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 165th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 190th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 191st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 209th in the regionMost Avoided: 212th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 238th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 243rd in the regionMost Armed: 243rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 261st in the regionFattest Citizens: 267th in the regionTop
Most Pro-Market: 283rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 285th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 292nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 327th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 341st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 394th in the regionMost Politically Free: 433rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 447th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 461st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 470th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 506th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 536th in the region

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