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Least Corrupt Governments: 199thBest Weather: 266thSafest: 294th
The Democracy of
Democratic Socialists
Iustitia, ∆qualitas, Libertas, Democratia
Influence
Eminence Grise
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Thriving
Political Freedom
Good

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Merni

Population16.566 billion

CapitalQersi
LeaderEmperor Xaranas IV

Currencykora
Animalhorse

The Democracy of Merni is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Emperor Xaranas IV with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, parental licensing program, and compulsory military service. The compassionate, humorless population of 16.566 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 Administration, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Qersi. The average income tax rate is 99.0%.

The thriving Mernian economy, worth a remarkable 2,355 trillion koras a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Book Publishing industry. Average income is an impressive 142,211 koras, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Contemporary art museums showcase the latest in centuries-old art, daring to agree with another politician is grounds for instant dismissal, arguments about toilet seats being left up or down get surprisingly heated, and Emperor Xaranas IV is called 'Patches' at international summits. 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 1,499th in the world and 2nd in The Labyrinth for Lowest Crime Rates, with 154.02 law-abiding acts per hour.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 199thBest Weather: 266thSafest: 294thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 435thMost Beautiful Environments: 488thMost Pacifist: 713thMost Compassionate Citizens: 756thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 936thHealthiest Citizens: 999thNicest Citizens: 1,018thMost Inclusive: 1,030thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,059thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,080thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,091stHighest Food Quality: 1,096thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,392ndLowest Crime Rates: 1,499thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,849thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,163rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,347thMost Cultured: 2,645thLargest Governments: 2,805thTop
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Most Influential: 2,930thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,948thSmartest Citizens: 4,326thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,389thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,556thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,202ndHighest Poor Incomes: 8,272ndHighest Economic Output: 9,455thMost Secular: 9,693rdMost Income Equality: 13,996thTop
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Most Patriotic: 15,732ndMost Developed: 21,401stLargest Populations: 21,686thHighest Average Incomes: 23,129th
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Largest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionHighest Food Quality: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Income Equality: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 5th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 6th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Patriotic: 7th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Merni was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Zombies.
  • : Merni was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Dead and Most Zombified.
  • : Merni was ravaged by a Zombie Thing Horde from The Master of Puppets of Nilrahrarfan, infecting 290 million survivors and converting to a zombie exporter! Oh no!
  • : Merni was cleansed by a Level 1 Strike Force Tactical Zombie Elimination Squad from The Holy Matriarchy of Rainbowa, killing 309 million zombies.
  • : Merni was cleansed by a Level 1 Strike Force Tactical Zombie Elimination Squad from The Holy Matriarchy of Rainbowa, killing 129 million zombies.
  • : Merni was cleansed by a Level 1 Strike Force Tactical Zombie Elimination Squad from The Holy Matriarchy of Rainbowa, killing 160 million zombies.
  • : Merni was ravaged by a Zombie Runner Horde from The Master of Puppets of Nilrahrarfan, infecting 1,955 million survivors.
  • : Merni was cleansed by a Level 1 Strike Force Tactical Zombie Elimination Squad from The Holy Matriarchy of Rainbowa, killing 93 million zombies.
  • : Merni was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : Merni was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Income Equality.

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