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Least Corrupt Governments: 308thSafest: 397thBest Weather: 433rd
The Democracy of
Democratic Socialists
Iustitia, ∆qualitas, Libertas, Democratia
Influence
Powerbroker
Royal Advisor
Region
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Merni

Population9.981 billion

CapitalQersi
LeaderEmperor Xaranas IV

Currencykora
Animalhorse

The Democracy of Merni is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Emperor Xaranas IV with an even hand, and notable for its parental licensing program, compulsory military service, and public floggings. The compassionate, humorless population of 9.981 billion Mernians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Qersi. The average income tax rate is 97.5%.

The strong Mernian economy, worth 995 trillion koras a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is 99,760 koras, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Pet loving officers arrest citizens who don't give their dogs enough biscuits, crime is on the rise as DNA sampling has been all but outlawed, ersatz chicken has left the nation's citizens with a bad taste in their mouths, and left-wing militias train children how to properly burn down banks. 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 94,225th in the world and 52nd in The Labyrinth for Most Politically Free, scoring 65.62 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 308thSafest: 397thBest Weather: 433rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 606thMost Beautiful Environments: 676thMost Pacifist: 750thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 846thMost Compassionate Citizens: 865thMost Inclusive: 1,250thNicest Citizens: 1,297thHealthiest Citizens: 1,345thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,546thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,684thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,395thLowest Crime Rates: 2,434thMost Cultured: 2,482ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,752ndMost Influential: 2,797thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,875thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,287thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,855thLargest Governments: 4,654thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,368thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,579thSmartest Citizens: 7,213thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,776thMost Stationary: 9,190thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,276thMost Secular: 10,608thTop
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Most Income Equality: 12,420thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,959thHighest Economic Output: 17,637thLargest Publishing Industry: 18,495th
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Lowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionTop
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Most Income Equality: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 8th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Secular: 12th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Merni lodged a message on the The Labyrinth Regional Message Board.
  • : Merni voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn The Free Joy State".
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, left-wing militias train children how to properly burn down banks.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, ersatz chicken has left the nation's citizens with a bad taste in their mouths.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, crime is on the rise as DNA sampling has been all but outlawed.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, pet loving officers arrest citizens who don't give their dogs enough biscuits.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, older citizens lament over the loss of law and order.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, foreign policy is to avoid standing up to bullies.
  • : Merni voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Land Reclamation Regulation".
  • : Merni unsuppressed a post on the The Labyrinth Regional Message Board.

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