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The Democracy of
Democratic Socialists
Iustitia, ∆qualitas, Libertas, Democratia
Influence
Powerbroker
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Good
Political Freedom
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Merni

Population9.151 billion

CapitalQersi
LeaderEmperor Xaranas IV

Currencykora
Animalhorse

The Democracy of Merni is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Emperor Xaranas IV with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, ban on automobiles, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, humorless population of 9.151 billion Mernians 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 — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Qersi. The average income tax rate is 94.7%.

The Mernian economy, worth 802 trillion koras a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 87,679 koras, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Adults pretending to be teenage girls claim to have wholesome motives, tampons are used as cheap fishing bobbers, pilots always remember to send their doctors a Maxxmas card, and the government is spending millions on lawyers' fees trying to get Emperor Xaranas IV off a murder charge. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Merni's national animal is the horse, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Merni is ranked 40,730th in the world and 32nd in The Labyrinth for Highest Average Incomes, with 87,679.33 Standard Monetary Units.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 401stSafest: 586thBest Weather: 606thMost Beautiful Environments: 933rdMost Pacifist: 1,073rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,252ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,260thMost Inclusive: 1,688thNicest Citizens: 1,770thTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 2,120thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,731stMost Influential: 2,803rdMost Cultured: 2,869thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,290thLowest Crime Rates: 4,432ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,038thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,436thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,033rdLargest Welfare Programs: 6,172ndLargest Publishing Industry: 6,367thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,711thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,725thLargest Governments: 7,840thSmartest Citizens: 8,464thMost Stationary: 9,568thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,633rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,691stTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 11,644thMost Secular: 12,392ndHighest Poor Incomes: 18,236th
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Most Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionMost Stationary: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 6th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 9th in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 10th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 10th in the regionMost Secular: 13th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Merni voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn ravana".
  • : Merni voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Peaceful First Contact".
  • : Merni lodged a message on the The Labyrinth Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, the government is spending millions on lawyers' fees trying to get Emperor Xaranas IV off a murder charge.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, pilots always remember to send their doctors a Maxxmas card.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, tampons are used as cheap fishing bobbers.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, adults pretending to be teenage girls claim to have wholesome motives.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, primetime re-runs of The Black and White Minstrel Show are a critical hit.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, factories grind to a halt every time there is an election.
  • : Merni lodged a message on the The Labyrinth Regional Message Board.

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