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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,095thRudest Citizens: 1,158thFattest Citizens: 1,419th
The Free Land of
Capitalist Paradise
De Oppresso Liber
Influence
Nipper
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Excellent

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Merrill

Population3.165 billion

CapitalSalem

CurrencyTalent
AnimalTiger

The Free Land of Merrill is a massive, socially progressive nation, renowned for its infamous sell-swords, public floggings, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 3.165 billion Saints are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, with Administration and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Salem. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.9%.

The powerhouse Sanctified economy, worth 371 trillion Talents a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Uranium Mining, and Soda Sales. Average income is an impressive 117,309 Talents, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 550,093 per year while the poor average 14,914, a ratio of 36.9 to 1.

Five-year-olds chanting "Little Miss Muffet" are accused of bullying arachnophobes, the military is slashing spending on conventional arms and diverting it to spending on prosthetic arms, customer satisfaction with online delivery services is at an all time high, and new treatments are rejected if they cannot be explained using only one-syllable words. Crime is all-pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Merrill's national animal is the Tiger, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Merrill is ranked 105,799th in the world and 3,587th in the South Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 1,691.66 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,095thRudest Citizens: 1,158thFattest Citizens: 1,419thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,448thHighest Crime Rates: 1,460thMost Avoided: 1,789thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 2,463rdMost Armed: 3,013thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,035thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,493rdLargest Mining Sector: 5,121stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,426thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5,528thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,163rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,634thMost Ignorant Citizens: 11,172ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 11,710thTop
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Most Pro-Market: 19,520thMost Devout: 19,616thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 22,348thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 23,555th
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 37th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 38th in the regionFattest Citizens: 43rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 46th in the regionMost Avoided: 52nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 54th in the regionMost Armed: 78th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 78th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 83rd in the regionTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 86th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 113th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 118th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 130th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 137th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 156th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 269th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 347th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 388th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 418th in the regionTop
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Most Devout: 434th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 606th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 622nd in the regionMost Stationary: 645th in the regionLargest Black Market: 757th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 761st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Merrill was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Merrill, new treatments are rejected if they cannot be explained using only one-syllable words.
  • : Following new legislation in Merrill, customer satisfaction with online delivery services is at an all time high.
  • : Following new legislation in Merrill, the military is slashing spending on conventional arms and diverting it to spending on prosthetic arms.
  • : Following new legislation in Merrill, five-year-olds chanting "Little Miss Muffet" are accused of bullying arachnophobes.
  • : Following new legislation in Merrill, citizens drive tank-like vehicles with mounted machine guns.
  • : Following new legislation in Merrill, the smell of tobacco is often smelt around legislative buildings across the nation.
  • : Following new legislation in Merrill, the nation's new Mylab space station is notorious for being the loneliest place above the planet.
  • : Following new legislation in Merrill, the SWAT team always rings twice.
  • : Following new legislation in Merrill, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates.

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