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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 119th Most Influential: 147th Rudest Citizens: 1,540th
The United Kingdom of
Corporate Bordello
Per profectum personale opus
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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The United Kingdom of Meritdom is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and notable for its pith helmet sales, anti-smoking policies, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 2.944 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 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 2.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Meritdomian economy, worth 483 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 164,315 Merit Dollars, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,014,709 per year while the poor average 11,535, 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 5,071st in the world and 228th in The North Pacific for Largest Retail Industry, scoring 13,017.87 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 119thMost Influential: 147thRudest Citizens: 1,540thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,547thTop
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,760thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,200thLargest Gambling Industry: 4,074thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,269thMost Avoided: 4,497thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,505thLargest Retail Industry: 5,071stLargest Mining Sector: 5,239thMost Armed: 5,268thFattest Citizens: 5,458thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,834thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,263rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,782ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,001stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7,095thMost Efficient Economies: 7,105thMost Pro-Market: 8,183rdTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 8,901stHighest Crime Rates: 12,620thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 12,824thLargest Insurance Industry: 12,987thMost Rebellious Youth: 13,279thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,369thMost Politically Free: 13,793rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,947thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 14,042ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 15,948th
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Most Influential: 37th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 50th in the regionRudest Citizens: 57th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 81st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 85th in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 115th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 115th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 120th in the regionMost Avoided: 126th in the regionMost Armed: 144th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 144th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 155th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 161st in the regionFattest Citizens: 164th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 203rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 208th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 228th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 228th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 236th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 241st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 287th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 350th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 395th in the regionTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 537th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 582nd in the regionMost Stationary: 587th in the regionMost Politically Free: 608th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 651st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 666th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 670th in the regionLargest Black Market: 705th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 705th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 752nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 773rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 790th in the region

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