by Max Barry

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Most Compassionate Citizens: 1,727th Nicest Citizens: 1,911th Healthiest Citizens: 1,969th
The Unified Empire of
Left-Leaning College State
Forwards Towards the Guns!
Emperor Willem van Oranje
Eminence Grise
WA Delegate / Deputy Chancellor
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Population2.976 billion

LeaderEmperor Willem van Oranje
FaithMersidonian Saints-Worship


The Unified Empire of Mersdon is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Emperor Willem van Oranje with an even hand, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, rampant corporate plagiarism, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 2.976 billion Mersidonians enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

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 95.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Mersidonian economy, worth 541 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. Average income is an impressive 182,024 Blue-Guldenmarks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Many marriages go virtually unconsummated, shady doctors seem to have impeccable records, the automotive industry soaks up huge government handouts, and prime real estate is devoted to wind farms and solar energy generators. 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 frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Mersidonian Saints-Worship.

Mersdon is ranked 107,680th in the world and 14th in The Okchi Union for Largest Black Market, with 116 billion Standard Monetary Units.

Most Compassionate Citizens: 1,727thNicest Citizens: 1,911thHealthiest Citizens: 1,969thBest Weather: 1,971stLongest Average Lifespans: 2,109thMost Inclusive: 2,133rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,213thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,483rdMost Developed: 2,631stMost Cultured: 3,004thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,443rdSmartest Citizens: 3,524thLowest Crime Rates: 3,562ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,638thLargest Governments: 3,736thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,799thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,181stMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,308thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,390thMost Secular: 4,423rdMost Advanced Public Education: 4,466thMost Pacifist: 4,501stLargest Welfare Programs: 4,549thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,798thSafest: 5,458thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,533rdHighest Poor Incomes: 6,104thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,417thHighest Average Incomes: 7,448thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 8,330thMost Efficient Economies: 9,450thRudest Citizens: 10,044thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10,242ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,951stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,487th
Highest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionTop
Most Secular: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Mersdon voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Prohibit Private Prisons".
  • : Mersdon approved the World Assembly proposal "Prohibit Private Prisons".
  • : Mersdon lodged a message on the The Okchi Union Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, prime real estate is devoted to wind farms and solar energy generators.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, the automotive industry soaks up huge government handouts.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, shady doctors seem to have impeccable records.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, many marriages go virtually unconsummated.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, the wealthiest parts of the country receive the most government spending.
  • : Mersdon was reclassified from "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy" to "Left-Leaning College State".
  • : Mersdon renamed the office held by The United States of Quitman Mississippi from "Speaker of Parliament *" to "Speaker of Parliament" in The Okchi Union.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 3 » Artsotska, Finmarkland, and Upper Brandywine.

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