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Least Corrupt Governments: 308thSafest: 395thBest Weather: 427th
The Democracy of
Democratic Socialists
Iustitia, ∆qualitas, Libertas, Democratia
Influence
Powerbroker
Royal Advisor
Region
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Merni

Population9.986 billion

CapitalQersi
LeaderEmperor Xaranas IV

Currencykora
Animalhorse

The Democracy of Merni is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Xaranas IV with an even hand, and notable for its ban on automobiles, compulsory military service, and daily referendums. The compassionate, humorless population of 9.986 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 97.6%.

The strong Mernian economy, worth 989 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 99,091 koras, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Left-wing militias train children how to properly burn down banks, stuttering trypanophobes are doomed never to marry, children are raised bilingual from an early age, and people who make the leader's blood boil get boiled. 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 8,727th in the world and 15th in The Labyrinth for Most Valuable International Artwork, with 33.29 Bank.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 308thSafest: 395thBest Weather: 427thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 606thMost Beautiful Environments: 671stMost Pacifist: 752ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 841stMost Compassionate Citizens: 876thMost Inclusive: 1,244thNicest Citizens: 1,307thHealthiest Citizens: 1,338thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,541stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,708thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 2,393rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,432ndMost Cultured: 2,484thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,732ndMost Influential: 2,803rdLargest Welfare Programs: 2,958thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,367thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,870thLargest Governments: 4,618thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,308thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,685thSmartest Citizens: 7,193rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,727thMost Stationary: 9,189thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,279thMost Secular: 10,587thTop
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Most Income Equality: 12,415thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,088thHighest Economic Output: 17,737thLargest Publishing Industry: 19,179th
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 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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Highest Economic Output: 8th in the regionMost Income Equality: 8th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Secular: 12th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Merni, people who make the leader's blood boil get boiled.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, children are raised bilingual from an early age.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, stuttering trypanophobes are doomed never to marry.
  • : 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.

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