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Least Corrupt Governments: 708th Best Weather: 885th Safest: 1,107th
The Democracy of
Democratic Socialists
Iustitia, ∆qualitas, Libertas, Democratia
Influence
Powerbroker
Region
Civil Rights
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Economy
Fair
Political Freedom
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Merni

Population6.985 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 renowned for its lack of airports, compulsory military service, and public floggings. The compassionate, humorless population of 6.985 billion Mernians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Qersi. The average income tax rate is 76.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient Mernian economy, worth 342 trillion Koras a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 49,057 Koras, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Invasive drug testing is now performed at elementary school sports days, artists are pillars of society, derelict airplanes have been converted into novelty restaurants and hotels, and black market eau de toilette is made in bathroom labs across the nation. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded 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 67,007th in the world and 17th in The Labyrinth for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 60.48 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 708thBest Weather: 885thSafest: 1,107thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,404thTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,099thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,171stMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,209thMost Pacifist: 2,296thMost Primitive: 2,299thMost Influential: 2,622ndMost Inclusive: 2,646thNicest Citizens: 2,943rdHealthiest Citizens: 3,519thMost Cultured: 3,521stTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 8,439thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,297thMost Stationary: 11,032ndLowest Crime Rates: 11,364thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,453rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,833rdMost Income Equality: 12,311thMost Secular: 12,436thSmartest Citizens: 13,869th
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Merni, black market eau de toilette is made in bathroom labs across the nation.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, derelict airplanes have been converted into novelty restaurants and hotels.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, artists are pillars of society.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, invasive drug testing is now performed at elementary school sports days.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, the education system is being cleansed of all corporate influence.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, the government frequently panders to parents with boutique tax credits.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, museums stand half-empty as all foreign exhibits are returned to their countries of origin.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, Scoutmasters debate whether luxury log cabins defeat the purpose of camping.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, a suspicious number of male students have joined the Ladies' Wrestling League.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, signs of extraterrestrial life are just foreign astronauts evading Mernian justice.

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