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Most Efficient Economies: 138th Most Developed: 1,168th Highest Poor Incomes: 1,219th
The Democratic Republic of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
The bond of friendship is unbreakable...
President Artanis Sylvari
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population11.439 billion

LeaderPresident Artanis Sylvari

CurrencySilver Dollar

The Democratic Republic of Merodin is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by President Artanis Sylvari with an even hand, and notable for its anti-smoking policies, daily referendums, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 11.439 billion Merodinians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The large, socially-minded government prioritizes Education, with Defense, Industry, and Social Policy also on the agenda, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ellesmera. The average income tax rate is 97.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Merodinian economy, worth a remarkable 2,250 trillion Silver Dollars a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 196,713 Silver Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government is ignoring the latest terrorist atrocities in Ellesmera for fear of causing a fuss, soylent products are an expensive commodity due to a lack of volunteers, government buildings are being cleansed for anything that might have racist connotations, and census workers struggle to account for the rapidly increasing number of citizens to tabulate. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Merodin's national animal is the Phoenix, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Merodin is ranked 165,760th in the world and 5,275th in Osiris for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -21.17 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Most Efficient Economies: 138thMost Developed: 1,168thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,219thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,653rdTop
Most Cultured: 1,721stMost Advanced Public Education: 2,023rdLongest Average Lifespans: 2,132ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,141stHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,298thLargest Governments: 2,310thHealthiest Citizens: 2,317thSmartest Citizens: 2,347thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,351stNicest Citizens: 2,507thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,769thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,937thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,109thLowest Crime Rates: 3,217thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,437thSafest: 3,814thHighest Economic Output: 4,112thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,119thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,689thBest Weather: 4,720thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,193rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,261stHighest Average Incomes: 5,346thMost Pacifist: 5,911thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,129thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,715thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,463rdTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 9,383rdMost Income Equality: 9,706thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,456thLargest Populations: 11,970thMost Inclusive: 13,109thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 13,185thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14,323rd
Most Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionMost Developed: 25th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 33rd in the regionMost Cultured: 42nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 51st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 54th in the regionTop
Smartest Citizens: 58th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 62nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 66th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 66th in the regionNicest Citizens: 66th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 74th in the regionLargest Governments: 83rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 85th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 87th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 95th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 101st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 136th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 151st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 154th in the regionSafest: 159th in the regionBest Weather: 164th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 173rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 186th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 188th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 217th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 219th in the regionMost Income Equality: 227th in the regionMost Pacifist: 240th in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 281st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 319th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 342nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 349th in the regionLargest Populations: 369th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 376th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 407th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 499th in the regionMost Inclusive: 506th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Merodin's influence in Osiris rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Merodin's influence in Osiris rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Merodin's influence in Osiris rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Merodin's influence in Osiris rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Merodin was refounded in Osiris.
  • : Merodin ceased to exist in Balder.
  • : Merodin was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Zombies and Most Zombified.
  • : Merodin was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Zombified and Most Zombies and the Top 10% for Most Dead.
  • : Merodin was ravaged by a Zombie Thing Horde from The Hive of Delthorensdale, infecting 131 million survivors and converting to a zombie exporter! Oh no!
  • : Merodin was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Cultured.


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