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Least Corrupt Governments: 739th Best Weather: 874th Safest: 1,055th
The Democracy of
Democratic Socialists
Iustitia, ∆qualitas, Libertas, Democratia
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
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Population7.556 billion

LeaderEmperor Xaranas IV


The Democracy of Merni is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Xaranas IV with an even hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, compulsory military service, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The compassionate, humorless population of 7.556 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 Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Qersi. The average income tax rate is 78.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but underdeveloped Mernian economy, worth 337 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 44,656 koras, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Some of the country's most famous photographers are animals, Mernians submit requests for a date in writing with an enclosed RSVP card, the new national campaign exhorts men to "Show Some Class - Don't Sit On Your Ass", and tourists from around the world come to visit the country's famous rainforests. 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 3,523rd in the world and 1st in The Labyrinth for Most Cultured, scoring 175 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Least Corrupt Governments: 739thBest Weather: 874thSafest: 1,055thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,374thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,002ndLongest Average Lifespans: 2,057thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,176thMost Pacifist: 2,179thMost Inclusive: 2,556thMost Influential: 2,588thMost Primitive: 2,742ndNicest Citizens: 2,890thHealthiest Citizens: 3,233rdMost Cultured: 3,523rdTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 8,623rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10,044thMost Stationary: 10,644thLowest Crime Rates: 10,790thMost Secular: 12,595thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,611thMost Income Equality: 12,755thSmartest Citizens: 12,970thLargest Publishing Industry: 14,028thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,120th
Most Primitive: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the region

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