by Max Barry

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,335thMost Developed: 1,462ndMost Cultured: 1,522nd
The Kingdom of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
In Varietate Concordia
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population6.774 billion

LeaderQueen Callista IV


The Kingdom of Mervay is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Queen Callista IV with a fair hand, and remarkable for its national health service, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 6.774 billion Mervayans love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large, socially-minded, outspoken government prioritizes Education, although Administration, Healthcare, and Industry are also considered important. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Asteria. The average income tax rate is 97.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Mervayian economy, worth a remarkable 1,475 trillion Albats a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 217,762 Albats, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Hospitals fear government fines more than terrorist ransoms, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is illegal, the nation threatens sanctions on islands only visible at low tide, and the government has adopted a "Lightning Never Strikes Twice" approach to dealing with natural disasters. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Mervay's national animal is the Griffin, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Catholicism.

Mervay is ranked 150,652nd in the world and 9th in The Strategic and Economic Alliance for Largest Black Market, with 130 billion Standard Monetary Units.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,335thMost Developed: 1,462ndMost Cultured: 1,522ndHighest Poor Incomes: 1,627thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,883rdSafest: 2,047thHealthiest Citizens: 2,076thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,173rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,252ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,265thLowest Crime Rates: 2,288thSmartest Citizens: 2,330thNicest Citizens: 2,359thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,405thTop
Most Inclusive: 2,694thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,719thLargest Governments: 2,863rdMost Advanced Public Education: 2,991stLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,466thMost Pacifist: 3,547thMost Efficient Economies: 3,816thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,906thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,999thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,344thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,747thHighest Average Incomes: 5,147thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,543rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,819thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,983rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,325thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,586thBest Weather: 9,649thHighest Economic Output: 11,843rdTop
Most Income Equality: 12,482ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,327thMost Secular: 17,390thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19,544thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 22,600thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 23,010th

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