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Largest Publishing Industry: 1,327thMost Cultured: 2,778thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,939th
The Grey Wardens of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Great Tower floating middle of the vile darkness
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Handshaker
High Constable
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Economy
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Merlins clone Merlinda from Universe 63

Population7.043 billion

CapitalThe Dark City midst the Endless Void
LeaderMerlin
FaithSome weird Squid Thing

CurrencyMana
AnimalUndead

The Grey Wardens of Merlins clone Merlinda from Universe 63 is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Merlin with an even hand, and notable for its compulsory military service, daily referendums, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, cheerful population of 7.043 billion Grey Wardens have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Dark City midst the Endless Void. The average income tax rate is 77.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Warden economy, worth a remarkable 1,272 trillion Manas a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 180,614 Manas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Organ donation is compulsory, the Supreme Court vehemently protects civil rights and the right to privacy, the government is spending millions on alternative clean-burning fuels, and teenagers sit around on their butts all day. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Merlins clone Merlinda from Universe 63's national animal is the Undead, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Some weird Squid Thing.

Merlins clone Merlinda from Universe 63 is ranked 208,671st in the world and 207th in The Order of the Grey Wardens for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -149.34 on the Hayek Index.

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Most Cultured: 2,778thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,939thSmartest Citizens: 3,443rdMost Developed: 3,721stLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,805thHealthiest Citizens: 4,322ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,653rdNicest Citizens: 4,761stLongest Average Lifespans: 5,229thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,545thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,157thMost Armed: 6,366thRudest Citizens: 6,587thMost Efficient Economies: 7,350thLowest Crime Rates: 7,907thHighest Average Incomes: 8,346thMost Inclusive: 8,396thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,728thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,415thLargest Governments: 9,619thMost Secular: 9,868thLeast Corrupt Governments: 10,123rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,707thTop
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Safest: 11,720thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,587thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,687thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,773rdHighest Economic Output: 13,145thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,192ndLargest Welfare Programs: 15,564thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,743rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,974thMost Influential: 17,901stMost Valuable International Artwork: 18,521stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 21,272ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 21,606th
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Largest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Developed: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionNicest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 8th in the regionRudest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Average: 8th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 8th in the regionMost Armed: 9th in the regionSafest: 9th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 11th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 12th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 14th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 18th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 20th in the region

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