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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,853rdMost Secular: 5,285thMost Influential: 5,773rd
The Principality of
Democratic Socialists
Invention and Advancement
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Economy
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Merkez

Population2.054 billion

CapitalMerkez

CurrencyGold Coin
AnimalPanda

The Principality of Merkez is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and hatred of cheese. The compassionate population of 2.054 billion Merkezians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — prioritizes Education, although Environment, Healthcare, and Administration are also considered important, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Merkez. The average income tax rate is 86.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Merkezian economy, worth 124 trillion Gold Coins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. Average income is 60,491 Gold Coins, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Sales of disinfectant wipes have skyrocketed, the endangered saltwater humpback Panda is only seen in captivity programs, the words 'private' and 'enterprise' must never appear in the same sentence, and funeral directors are frequently looking at their watches during funerals. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Merkez's national animal is the Panda, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Merkez is ranked 11,904th in the world and 342nd in The East Pacific for Most Beautiful Environments, with 1,466.78 Pounds Of Wildlife Per Square Mile.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,853rdMost Secular: 5,285thMost Influential: 5,773rdSafest: 6,260thMost Pacifist: 7,115thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,189thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,510thMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,887thBest Weather: 10,757thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,159thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 11,310thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,904thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,964thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 12,397thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,926thMost Income Equality: 12,960thNicest Citizens: 13,103rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,473rdMost Inclusive: 15,764thLargest Welfare Programs: 16,470thLowest Crime Rates: 16,633rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,181stLongest Average Lifespans: 17,680thHealthiest Citizens: 19,011thSmartest Citizens: 20,659th
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Most Secular: 187th in the regionSafest: 194th in the regionMost Pacifist: 237th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 250th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 265th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 304th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 311th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 330th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 342nd in the regionBest Weather: 346th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 373rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 380th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 400th in the regionNicest Citizens: 414th in the regionMost Influential: 452nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 471st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 485th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 494th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 499th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 508th in the regionMost Inclusive: 521st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 552nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 555th in the regionMost Income Equality: 556th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 580th in the regionMost Cultured: 707th in the regionLargest Governments: 723rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 767th in the region

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