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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,140thMost Influential: 1,667thMost Armed: 4,108th
The Grumpy Retired Man of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Stop telegramming me punks
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Merlovich

Population5.798 billion

CapitalMelbourne
LeaderAli MacKillop
FaithNo Official Religion

CurrencyMerlovichan Dollar
AnimalKangaroo

The Grumpy Retired Man of Merlovich is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Ali MacKillop with an even hand, and renowned for its compulsory military service, ubiquitous missile silos, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 5.798 billion Merlovichans 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 large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Melbourne. The average income tax rate is 81.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Merlovichian economy, worth 866 trillion Merlovichan Dollars a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 149,451 Merlovichan Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Returning vacationers often find that their property is now a construction site, the aims of top-secret Merlovichian science projects revolve around designing the perfect robot woman, group hugs break out during floor votes, and war vets look after war animals. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Merlovich's national animal is the Kangaroo, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is No Official Religion.

Merlovich is ranked 16,777th in the world and 376th in The East Pacific for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring 22,387.08 on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,140thMost Influential: 1,667thTop
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Most Armed: 4,108thRudest Citizens: 5,662ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,946thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,237thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,535thMost Efficient Economies: 9,171stLowest Crime Rates: 9,515thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,891stMost Developed: 10,180thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,265thTop
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Largest Governments: 10,944thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,431stMost Subsidized Industry: 11,724thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,283rdSmartest Citizens: 12,699thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,687thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,759thHighest Average Incomes: 14,483rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,551stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,572ndMost Advanced Public Education: 16,283rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16,777thMost Cultured: 17,716thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,841stMost Corrupt Governments: 18,430thLargest Publishing Industry: 21,626th
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Most Influential: 63rd in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 75th in the regionMost Armed: 91st in the regionRudest Citizens: 171st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 174th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 259th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 260th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 265th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 267th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 288th in the regionMost Developed: 303rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 304th in the regionLargest Governments: 304th in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 333rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 360th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 361st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 367th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 369th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 373rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 376th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 405th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 415th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 435th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 466th in the regionMost Cultured: 482nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 508th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 509th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 553rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 605th in the regionLargest Populations: 606th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 633rd in the region

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