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Most Compassionate Citizens: 1,675th Best Weather: 1,859th Nicest Citizens: 1,882nd
The Unified Empire of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Forwards Towards the Guns!
Emperor Willem van Oranje
Influence
Nipper
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

Overview Factbook Dispatches Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Mersdon

Population3.534 billion

CapitalBenedict-on-Sea
LeaderEmperor Willem van Oranje
FaithMersidonian Saints-Worship

CurrencyBlue-Guldenmark
AnimalBenedict

The Unified Empire of Mersdon is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Emperor Willem van Oranje with an even hand, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, irreverence towards religion, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate population of 3.534 billion Mersidonians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Benedict-on-Sea. The average income tax rate is 96.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Mersidonian economy, worth 679 trillion Blue-Guldenmarks a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 192,176 Blue-Guldenmarks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government is under the thumb of countless special interests, running away is an essential part of the elite forces' hand-to-hand training, sales of trenchcoats are on the rise, and the nation leads USSD in per capita stalking. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Mersdon's national animal is the Benedict, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Mersidonian Saints-Worship.

Mersdon is ranked 108,536th in the world and 7th in USSD for Most Pro-Market, scoring 36.78 on the Rand Index.

Top
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 1,675thTop
5%
Best Weather: 1,859thNicest Citizens: 1,882ndHealthiest Citizens: 1,897thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,930thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,942ndMost Inclusive: 1,999thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,191stMost Developed: 2,225thMost Cultured: 2,816thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,922ndLowest Crime Rates: 2,927thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,946thSmartest Citizens: 3,067thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,107thLargest Governments: 3,213thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,307thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,482ndMost Advanced Public Education: 3,908thSafest: 3,932ndMost Pacifist: 3,952ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,954thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,380thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,746thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,760thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,105thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,129thHighest Average Incomes: 6,448thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,557thMost Secular: 7,475thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,163rdTop
10%
Most Efficient Economies: 9,297thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,348thRudest Citizens: 9,911thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,065thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,284th
Top
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Rudest Citizens: 4th in the regionTop
10%
Most Average: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 6th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 7th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 8th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 9th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 9th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Cultured: 10th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 10th in the regionBest Weather: 10th in the regionNicest Citizens: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, the nation leads USSD in per capita stalking.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, sales of trenchcoats are on the rise.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, running away is an essential part of the elite forces' hand-to-hand training.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, the government is under the thumb of countless special interests.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, the comic book series 'Emperor Willem van Oranje and the Villainous Corporate Cronies' is a best-seller.
  • : Mersdon was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Compassionate Citizens and the Top 5% for Highest Foreign Aid Spending.
  • : Mersdon's influence in USSD rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, Mersdon has one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, families waiting for delayed pipe installations hope daily for rain.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, third world countries are rich in "I Love Benedict-on-Sea" t-shirts.

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