by Max Barry

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Most Beautiful Environments: 2,550th Best Weather: 2,676th Highest Average Tax Rates: 2,767th
The Poppin' Potato of
Left-wing Utopia
Picking the hippie option on issues is the best choice
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Widely Abused

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Population10.568 billion

CapitalBant Haal
LeaderThe Khan Council


The Poppin' Potato of MERIZoC is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by The Khan Council with a fair hand, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons, keen interest in outer space, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 10.568 billion Merrans are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, liberal, outspoken government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bant Haal. The average income tax rate is 97.3%.

The large but underdeveloped Merrish economy, worth 628 trillion Codums a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Book Publishing industry. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is 59,513 Codums, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

The country is rumored to be a Brancalandian puppet state, government policies change at the drop of a rabbit, citizens are exhausted from weekly general elections, and prolonged government investigations are a common revenge tactic among spurned spouses. Crime is totally unknown. MERIZoC's national animal is the whale, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Tengrism.

MERIZoC is ranked 165,503rd in the world and 1st in Tofulinearity for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry, scoring -26.91 on the Tasmanian Pulp Environmental Export Index.

Most Beautiful Environments: 2,550thBest Weather: 2,676thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,767thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,191stLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,431stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,469thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,562ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,941stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,028thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,207thMost Cultured: 4,678thMost Pacifist: 4,746thMost Politically Free: 4,821stMost Rebellious Youth: 4,959thNicest Citizens: 5,034thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,066thLargest Governments: 5,489thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,597thHealthiest Citizens: 6,419thMost Stationary: 6,426thNudest: 6,817thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,824thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 6,923rdTop
Smartest Citizens: 8,934thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,464thSafest: 9,574thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,459thMost Influential: 11,769thMost Inclusive: 13,243rd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : MERIZoC altered its national flag.
  • : MERIZoC altered its national flag.
  • : MERIZoC altered its national flag.
  • : MERIZoC published "Militant groups past and present" (Factbook: Miscellaneous).
  • : MERIZoC published "parties" (Factbook: Miscellaneous).
  • : MERIZoC altered its national flag.
  • : MERIZoC was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : MERIZoC resigned from the World Assembly.
  • : MERIZoC created a custom banner.
  • : MERIZoC was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Populations.


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