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Most Influential: 1,868thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,295thRudest Citizens: 3,544th
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Population2.333 billion

LeaderPresident Stanislav Belyakov


The Republic of Murelia is a massive, safe nation, ruled by President Stanislav Belyakov with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, sprawling nuclear power plants, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 2.333 billion Murelians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The relatively small, corrupt government prioritizes Industry, although Education, Healthcare, and Law & Order are also considered important. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Murmansk. The average income tax rate is 41.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Murelian economy, worth 421 trillion Dals a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Information Technology. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 180,685 Dals, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.9 times as much as the poorest.

Autocrats are persona non grata, turning eighteen is often referred to as the 'Age of Aquarius', birth rates have hit an all-time low, and the standard government reply to any query is "there is no spoon". Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Murelia's national animal is the Bear, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Murelia is ranked 42,993rd in the world and 1,336th in the South Pacific for Most Beautiful Environments, with 693.73 pounds of wildlife per square mile.

Most Influential: 1,868thTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 3,295thRudest Citizens: 3,544thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,125thLargest Gambling Industry: 4,919thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,445thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,237thMost Efficient Economies: 6,521stLargest Retail Industry: 6,745thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,385thMost Cultured: 7,975thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,382ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,718thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,308thHighest Average Incomes: 9,631stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,584thTop
Largest Black Market: 13,595thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,733rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,454thHighest Food Quality: 17,140thMost Developed: 17,437thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 19,382ndLargest Publishing Industry: 20,248thHighest Poor Incomes: 20,904thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20,905thMost Corrupt Governments: 21,089thMost Devout: 21,226thLongest Average Lifespans: 21,610thLargest Governments: 23,508thMost Scientifically Advanced: 26,162ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 26,359thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 26,756th
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 78th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 92nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 117th in the regionRudest Citizens: 118th in the regionTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 137th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 163rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 171st in the regionMost Influential: 177th in the regionLargest Black Market: 190th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 195th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 206th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 227th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 231st in the regionMost Cultured: 238th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 244th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 279th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 349th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 366th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 426th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 458th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 463rd in the regionMost Developed: 523rd in the regionMost Devout: 535th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 587th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 595th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 610th in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 642nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 662nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 711th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 731st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 753rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 839th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 848th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 865th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 872nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 878th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 931st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,075th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,079th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1,108th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,116th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,198th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Murelia's influence in The South Pacific fell from "Squire" to "Page".
  • : Following new legislation in Murelia, the standard government reply to any query is "there is no spoon".
  • : Following new legislation in Murelia, birth rates have hit an all-time low.
  • : Following new legislation in Murelia, turning eighteen is often referred to as the 'Age of Aquarius'.
  • : Following new legislation in Murelia, autocrats are persona non grata.
  • : Murelia lodged a message on the The South Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Murelia lodged a message on the The South Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Murelia lodged a message on the The South Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Murelia applied to join the World Assembly.
  • : Murelia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Smartest Citizens and Most Extensive Public Healthcare.