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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,670thMost Armed: 3,154thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,035th
The Autocratic Republic of
Moralistic Democracy
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Merlovich

Population2.49 billion

CapitalMelbourne
LeaderMason Bryce
FaithChristianity

CurrencyMerlovichan Dollar
AnimalKangaroo

The Autocratic Republic of Merlovich is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Mason Bryce with an even hand, and renowned for its avowedly heterosexual populace, frequent executions, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 2.49 billion Merlovichans are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, corrupt government prioritizes Defense, with Education, Industry, and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Melbourne. The average income tax rate is 72.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Merlovichian economy, worth 371 trillion Merlovichan Dollars a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is an impressive 149,001 Merlovichan Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.4 times as much as the poorest.

People talk about things being better when men were men, the government is more interested in identifying problems than fixing them, fashion magazine covers finally display realistic body images following photo-manipulation becoming illegal, and Merlovichian watches list strained wrists as a common side effect. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Merlovich's national animal is the Kangaroo, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Christianity.

Merlovich is ranked 17,540th in the world and 543rd in The East Pacific for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 6,291.69 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,670thMost Armed: 3,154thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,035thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,232ndMost Influential: 8,103rdMost Subsidized Industry: 8,273rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,530thMost Efficient Economies: 8,745thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 8,977thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,063rdRudest Citizens: 9,239thLargest Retail Industry: 9,356thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,407thLargest Black Market: 10,221stMost Developed: 11,399thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,430thHighest Average Incomes: 13,183rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,577thLargest Governments: 14,032ndLowest Crime Rates: 14,460thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,992ndSmartest Citizens: 17,221stMost Advanced Public Education: 17,431stLargest Mining Sector: 17,540th
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Most Armed: 72nd in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 115th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 161st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 178th in the regionRudest Citizens: 183rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 186th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 208th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 212th in the regionLargest Black Market: 212th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 220th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 230th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 240th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 259th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 286th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 314th in the regionMost Developed: 320th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 321st in the regionLargest Governments: 340th in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 405th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 440th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 441st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 452nd in the regionMost Influential: 453rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 520th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 538th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 543rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 545th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 558th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 569th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 573rd in the regionMost Cultured: 585th in the regionMost Secular: 616th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 642nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 771st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 787th in the region

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