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Largest Information Technology Sector: 170thMost Cultured: 290thHighest Food Quality: 373rd
The Intermittent Republic of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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Influence
Vassal
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Murab

Population9.625 billion

CapitalMisery
LeaderGrand Optimist Iago XII
FaithReformed Empirical Syncretism

CurrencyNew Groat
AnimalRavening Sloth

The Intermittent Republic of Murab is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Grand Optimist Iago XII with an even hand, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and frequent executions. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 9.625 billion Murabians 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 tiny government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Misery. The average income tax rate is 3.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Murabian economy, worth a remarkable 2,397 trillion New Groats a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 249,103 New Groats, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

School children asked "what is two times two?" are likely to form a symposium to discuss how different answers make them feel, annulments are on the rise as couples discover their ancestors were born in the same hospitals, tipsy fans frequently invite themselves to the board meetings of sports clubs, and the death penalty has been reintroduced. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Murab's national animal is the Ravening Sloth, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Reformed Empirical Syncretism.

Murab is ranked 242,848th in the world and 158th in The Western Isles for Most Armed, with 0.13 weapons per person.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 170thMost Cultured: 290thHighest Food Quality: 373rdMost Beautiful Environments: 541stMost Scientifically Advanced: 545thSmartest Citizens: 561stLargest Publishing Industry: 567thMost Secular: 578thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 701stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 720thMost Pacifist: 850thMost Inclusive: 871stRudest Citizens: 1,034thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,082ndHealthiest Citizens: 1,139thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,224thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,228thNicest Citizens: 1,329thMost Developed: 1,389thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,712thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,912thBest Weather: 1,994thMost Influential: 2,426thTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,609thSafest: 3,516thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,561stLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,576thHighest Average Incomes: 3,685thHighest Economic Output: 7,035thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,423rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,701stLargest Retail Industry: 8,366thMost Efficient Economies: 8,702ndMost Stationary: 11,965thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,251stTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 14,236thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,378thLargest Governments: 14,485thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 17,861stMost Advanced Public Education: 21,802nd
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Most Cultured: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Food Quality: 1st in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 6th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 8th in the regionTop
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 9th in the regionBest Weather: 9th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 10th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 11th in the regionSafest: 13th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 17th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Murab, the death penalty has been reintroduced.
  • : Following new legislation in Murab, tipsy fans frequently invite themselves to the board meetings of sports clubs.
  • : Following new legislation in Murab, annulments are on the rise as couples discover their ancestors were born in the same hospitals.
  • : Following new legislation in Murab, school children asked "what is two times two?" are likely to form a symposium to discuss how different answers make them feel.
  • : Following new legislation in Murab, glancing at the car radio display while driving is treated as attempted homicide.
  • : Following new legislation in Murab, more sidewalk is dedicated to animals than people.
  • : Murab was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Murab, military strategists are questioning the wisdom of subsidizing the economies of sworn enemies.
  • : Following new legislation in Murab, drivers regularly pull over for nonexistent police cars.
  • : Following new legislation in Murab, senior citizens are often found slaving away in factories.

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