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Most Developed: 1,053rdLongest Average Lifespans: 1,284thHealthiest Citizens: 1,291st
The Unified Empire of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Forwards Towards the Guns!
Emperor Willem van Oranje
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Mersdon

Population5.271 billion

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

CurrencyBlue-Guldenmark
Animalchicken

The Unified Empire of Mersdon is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Emperor Willem van Oranje with an even hand, and notable for its pith helmet sales, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, cheerful population of 5.271 billion Mersidonians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

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 98.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Mersidonian economy, worth a remarkable 1,114 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 common. Average income is an amazing 211,452 Blue-Guldenmarks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Paper and ink publications are subsidised by the government to keep them in the black, teenage TV characters are played by thirty-year-olds by the end of the second season, bike rage is all the rage, and it turns out that you actually can put a price on intangible cultural heritage. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Mersdon's national animal is the chicken, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Mersidonian Saints-Worship.

Mersdon is ranked 150,891st in the world and 334th in The Free Nations Region for Most Pro-Market, scoring 27.22 on the Rand Index.

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Most Developed: 1,053rdLongest Average Lifespans: 1,284thHealthiest Citizens: 1,291stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,322ndBest Weather: 1,332ndMost Beautiful Environments: 1,501stMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,513thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,614thNicest Citizens: 1,655thMost Inclusive: 1,771stMost Cultured: 1,852ndLowest Crime Rates: 1,868thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 2,079thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,102ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,128thSafest: 2,136thLargest Governments: 2,162ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,352ndLargest Publishing Industry: 2,543rdMost Advanced Public Education: 2,654thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,885thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,940thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,488thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,606thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,781stLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,798thMost Pacifist: 5,386thHighest Average Incomes: 5,412thRudest Citizens: 6,858thMost Efficient Economies: 7,206thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,651stMost Secular: 8,172ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,191stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,440thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 11,449thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,672ndMost Subsidized Industry: 13,184thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,736thHighest Economic Output: 15,101st
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Most Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionSafest: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionTop
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Most Inclusive: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 5th in the regionNicest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 9th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 12th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 12th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 15th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 15th in the regionMost Pacifist: 19th in the regionRudest Citizens: 22nd in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 26th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 28th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 29th in the regionMost Secular: 32nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 34th in the regionLargest Populations: 36th in the regionNudest: 38th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 42nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Mersdon was endorsed by The People's Republic of Stmagos.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, it turns out that you actually can put a price on intangible cultural heritage.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, bike rage is all the rage.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, teenage TV characters are played by thirty-year-olds by the end of the second season.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, paper and ink publications are subsidised by the government to keep them in the black.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, populations of two-headed chickens have been found around recently-uncovered archaeological sites.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, friendly fire incidents usually result in severe burns.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, nobody is allowed to stop the local daycare from reading Nietzsche to pre-schoolers.
  • : Mersdon was reclassified from "Democratic Socialists" to "Scandinavian Liberal Paradise".
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, one-man canoes fitted with the latest tracking technology leave no room for one man.

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