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Most Authoritarian: 7,749thMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,792ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,235th
The Empire of
Psychotic Dictatorship
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Merkanost

Population346 million

CurrencyMerkan
AnimalEagle

The Empire of Merkanost is a huge, orderly nation, remarkable for its compulsory military service, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, cynical population of 346 million Merkanians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. The average income tax rate is 67.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Merkanostian economy, worth 9.56 trillion Merkans a year, is led by the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Woodchip Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 27,644 Merkans, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

There's never a spare chair in the retirement home, the nation has always been at war with Moltovea, fashion magazine covers finally display realistic body images following photo-manipulation becoming illegal, and discarded pennies litter the streets. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Merkanost's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Merkanost is ranked 194,435th in the world and 550th in The Land of Kings and Emperors for Most Politically Free, scoring 5 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Most Authoritarian: 7,749thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 10,792ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,235thMost Ignorant Citizens: 17,470thSafest: 19,503rd
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Most Authoritarian: 27th in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 30th in the regionMost Extreme: 38th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 40th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 50th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Merkanost, discarded pennies litter the streets.
  • : Merkanost was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pacifist.
  • : Following new legislation in Merkanost, fashion magazine covers finally display realistic body images following photo-manipulation becoming illegal.
  • : Merkanost lodged a message on the The Land of Kings and Emperors Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Merkanost, the nation has always been at war with Moltovea.
  • : Following new legislation in Merkanost, there's never a spare chair in the retirement home.
  • : Following new legislation in Merkanost, people reciting Shakespeare have become a common sight.
  • : Following new legislation in Merkanost, political satirists and late night comedians weep as the government begins cleaning up its act.
  • : Merkanost lodged a message on the The Land of Kings and Emperors Regional Message Board.
  • : Merkanost was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.

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