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Least Corrupt Governments: 219thBest Weather: 239thSafest: 268th
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

Population13.227 billion

CapitalQersi
LeaderEmperor Xaranas IV

Currencykora
Animalhorse

The Democracy of Merni is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Xaranas IV with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, ban on automobiles, and parental licensing program. The compassionate, humorless population of 13.227 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 1,877 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 141,926 koras, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Parents seeking custody have to write a five-thousand word analysis of their child's imaginary friend, the best way to be heard in politics is to speak softly and carry a big comedy prop, the art of conversation has been rediscovered, and there's a shortage of swinging hot spots as land development grinds to a halt. 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 272,913th in the world and 65th in The Labyrinth for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring -39.34 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 219thBest Weather: 239thSafest: 268thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 376thMost Beautiful Environments: 385thMost Pacifist: 520thMost Compassionate Citizens: 592ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 662ndLongest Average Lifespans: 735thHealthiest Citizens: 737thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 776thLargest Welfare Programs: 830thMost Inclusive: 832ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 849thHighest Food Quality: 850thNicest Citizens: 857thLowest Crime Rates: 1,211thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,676thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,750thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,996thMost Cultured: 2,287thLargest Governments: 2,569thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,771stMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,781stMost Influential: 3,037thSmartest Citizens: 4,191stMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,449thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,755thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,216thMost Patriotic: 8,981stHighest Economic Output: 10,205thMost Secular: 10,436thTop
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Most Income Equality: 15,596thHighest Average Incomes: 17,460thMost Developed: 18,097thLargest Populations: 23,629th
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Longest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Food Quality: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Patriotic: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Merni, there's a shortage of swinging hot spots as land development grinds to a halt.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, the art of conversation has been rediscovered.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, the best way to be heard in politics is to speak softly and carry a big comedy prop.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, parents seeking custody have to write a five-thousand word analysis of their child's imaginary friend.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, political scientists despair as the national mascot election eclipses all others in voter enthusiasm.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, criminals lock themselves in their mums' basements to avoid prison.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, celebrities sit helplessly as they are labeled "pompous womples" by Emperor Xaranas IV.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, the dartboard at the Mernian Cancer Research Charity bears a picture of Emperor Xaranas IV's face.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, crime is on the rise as DNA sampling has been all but outlawed.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, hiding wrinkles with make-up is illegal.

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