by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 588th Most Influential: 1,855th Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,704th
The Oriental Empire of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
HuŠngdž wŗnsuž!
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Population760 million

LeaderEmpress Zetian

CurrencyTousunai Dollar
AnimalRed Panda

The Oriental Empire of Merlovich is a huge, efficient nation, ruled by Empress Zetian with an even hand, and renowned for its ban on automobiles, compulsory military service, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 760 million 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 medium-sized, corrupt government prioritizes Defense, although Education, Law & Order, and Industry are also considered important, while Spirituality and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tousunai. The average income tax rate is 54.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Merlovichian economy, worth 96.9 trillion Tousunai Dollars a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Trout Farming. Average income is an impressive 127,514 Tousunai Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.3 times as much as the poorest.

Professional athletes can't see balls amid the deluge of advertisements, Empress Zetian has just been declared ruler of Merlovich in an international press conference, a cyber-war between file sharers and the music industry formats hard drives across the country, and giant no-kill traps baited with Bapst Red Ribbon and vintage bicycles have been popping up in back alleys nationwide. 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 Red Panda, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Merlovich is ranked 15,438th in the world and 376th in The East Pacific for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 4,953.18 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 588thTop
Most Influential: 1,855thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,704thRudest Citizens: 5,452ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,518thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 10,257thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,534thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,438thMost Corrupt Governments: 15,612thMost Developed: 15,866thMost Efficient Economies: 16,229th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 38th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 119th in the regionRudest Citizens: 152nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 196th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 237th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 275th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 295th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 376th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 410th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 418th in the regionMost Average: 438th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 485th in the regionMost Developed: 489th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 508th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 539th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 582nd in the regionLargest Governments: 586th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 588th in the regionMost Armed: 589th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 590th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 682nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 753rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 754th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 189 » The Sacred Whale, Wiranath, Dreamersistan, The Almighty Country, Fedele, Squid Ruinosa, VoyKovie, Socialist Holy American Empire, A Slanted Black Stripe, Drunken Seal Islands, Boal Pey Sovelogland, Areast, Unger under over, Illen Falis, H-Zhena, The Underwood Industrial Empire, Kampf Empire, New Arion Pean, Bacon Land, Brotherland, Servants of Gizmo, Aeneas Prime, Goodnamesarerare, Southern Yugoslavia, Rhealaliit, Elejamie, Bai Lung, Biggstonia, Ribanzi, Ver Norge, Kaigi, Ye Olde Country of Yore, Outer Verron Swicia Islands, Am Echad, Lanagon, Kagorg Bra Corna, ReeK, The Holy Empire of Moronica, Thyaclinia, Akorial, Harapan, Headpat Central, Greater New Islew, Birdbow, Axdel, Aelitia, Harro Waarudho, Hizuru, Roissyland, Free sovereign Soviet socialist republic, and 139 others.Reformed Mankind Institutes, Jimboland, Squarist Republic of Squaria, Skandinavistan, Mundiferrum, British Calradia, Danesopia, Blazing Samaritan, Kervewth, Bons Boofer, Aristortia, United China Nation, Danelaw Scandinavia, Shinnokawa, Ciggie Smallistan, The Happian Union, Marrico, Endertopias, Cantonese Union, Midwestern States of USA, Marcoz0, Mogambotopia, Republic of Berzerkistan, Someseni, The Romanum Legio, Norjis, Kucia, Fraxhemark, Fanderia, The Empire of Rijelv, Federated States of Zootron, Tim Stark, Aden Dimities, Wizardonia, Actoperma, Bytes, Elsweyr Land, Peatiktist, Furnifold, Solestia, Peoples United Republic of Exumis, Arkantis, FreedomDive, Bullpups, Wendelandia, Survivoristan, Redfoos Irrelevancy, The New Wisconsin Empire, Pakitsk, Adavan, Dragonia, Elkenian, Nysa Arcadia, New Taranaki, Slys Paws, CopyCato, VW53Aland, Sansangra, Chols Worithopia, Asendavia, Davelands, Gorbastan, Enlil, Davinhia, Osterreich und Ungarn, New Leganes, Bortalandet, Kriov, Yumaka, Not Sealand, Lejon Stad, Imperial Akatsuki, The All Male Hot Tub, Sericena, TURKEYISM, Froplondia, Calcestruzzo, Choushuu, Federal Unity, Roliganistan, NORVORNIA, Yutogolan, Mer Dieu, Sadinata, Janoobi Jazair, Neruch, Splena, Khurn Empire, Allanzo, The Solar Ottomans, Shantan, The Earth Systems Alliance, La Isla Nueva, Ostronesia, Impia Aghte, Ming-Qing, Layngderfleethe, Mobumasu, Free Peoples Republic of Sandir, Arkhadimia, Pightinbotanoffen, Betremia, Oskoldia, Our Gods, The Soviet Space Commie Union, Kublam, Ravendi, Just Vale 2, Urimel, Pixeltopia, East Malaysia, Ellsonian Dominion, Gemookul, Solarfall, Fernaldepah, Bachtendekuppen, Sonictopia, Riveraland, Nhiteria, Eastern Hyront Scasssen, Adolanta, Xobalon, Amjedia, Restoration of Eastern Kaiserreich, Veron, New Haverland, Bilanda, The Angel of Charity, Slui, Indymerica, Germansberg, Catiania, Sterianiha, Yaguo, The Holy Utopian Republic, Babcocia, Talitoa, Midland Republic, and Cretalia.

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