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The Unified Empire of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Forwards Towards the Guns!
Emperor Willem van Oranje
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

Overview Factbook Dispatches Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Mersdon

Population7.368 billion

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

CurrencyBlue-Guldenmark
Animalchicken

The Unified Empire of Mersdon is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Emperor Willem van Oranje with an even hand, and renowned for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, frequent executions, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, cheerful population of 7.368 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 98.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Mersidonian economy, worth a remarkable 1,665 trillion Blue-Guldenmarks a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 226,028 Blue-Guldenmarks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

You can't put down the nation's attitude to pet health, it's often raining men (hallelujah) in Benedict-on-Sea, sniffer dogs check train passengers for body odour, and conscripts often volunteer for a second tour of duty so they can get a ticket to next year's Army Revue. 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 126,473rd in the world and 146th in The Free Nations Region for Most Politically Free, scoring 64.86 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,206thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,220thMost Developed: 1,322ndMost Beautiful Environments: 1,429thBest Weather: 1,499thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,539thHealthiest Citizens: 1,563rdHighest Food Quality: 1,629thMost Cultured: 1,704thLowest Crime Rates: 1,776thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,888thNicest Citizens: 1,949thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,010thSmartest Citizens: 2,010thMost Inclusive: 2,119thLargest Governments: 2,132ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,148thSafest: 2,267thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,850thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 2,999thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,175thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,243rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,261stHighest Poor Incomes: 3,284thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,823rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,264thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,654thRudest Citizens: 4,833rdHighest Average Incomes: 5,345thMost Efficient Economies: 5,545thMost Patriotic: 5,785thMost Pacifist: 7,063rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,178thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,774thMost Secular: 9,762ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,155thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,189thHighest Economic Output: 12,249thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,810thLeast Corrupt Governments: 12,837thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 25,980th
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Most Cultured: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionSafest: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionNicest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 6th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionLargest Governments: 6th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Patriotic: 8th in the regionMost Inclusive: 8th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 9th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 10th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 12th in the regionRudest Citizens: 12th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 13th in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 15th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 15th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 20th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 22nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 23rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 25th in the regionMost Secular: 26th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, conscripts often volunteer for a second tour of duty so they can get a ticket to next year's Army Revue.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, sniffer dogs check train passengers for body odour.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, it's often raining men (hallelujah) in Benedict-on-Sea.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, you can't put down the nation's attitude to pet health.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, internet moderator is one of the most popular jobs among the nation's more socially awkward citizens.
  • : Mersdon was reclassified from "Left-Leaning College State" to "Scandinavian Liberal Paradise".
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, where there's smoke there's the Mersidonian Forestry Department.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, drunk drivers are sent to rehabilitation paid for by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, five-year-olds who refuse to line up on command get gold stars.

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