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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,252ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,442ndMost Secular: 3,502nd
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New Matzeratia

Population915 million


CurrencyNew Matzeratian Mark

The Rising Stars of New Matzeratia is a huge, cultured nation, remarkable for its daily referendums, state-planned economy, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 915 million Matzeratians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Riverburg. The average income tax rate is 82.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Matzeratian economy, worth 101 trillion New Matzeratian Marks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism and Cheese Exports. Average income is an impressive 111,031 New Matzeratian Marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Children aren't allowed to chew their pencils until they get home from school, internet searches for the inventor of the three-wheeled steam-powered Matzeratian weed picker are way up, orphans would rather live their life of luxury than be adopted by prospective parents, and photographers can be found hiding behind the curtains in Leader's bedroom. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. New Matzeratia's national animal is the swan, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

New Matzeratia is ranked 221,035th in the world and 4,995th in The North Pacific for Most Conservative, scoring 31.67 on the Bush-Santorum Dawning Terror Index.

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Most Secular: 3,502ndSafest: 3,730thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,900thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,916thMost Pacifist: 6,301stMost Influential: 7,383rdBest Weather: 7,571stNicest Citizens: 7,995thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,073rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,562ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,036thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,038thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,416thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,664thMost Inclusive: 10,827thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,104thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,181stHighest Food Quality: 12,637thSmartest Citizens: 12,793rdMost Income Equality: 12,976thHealthiest Citizens: 13,167thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,252ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,428thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 14,520thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,780thHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,542ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,589thMost Developed: 20,146thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 23,327thMost Cultured: 24,892ndLargest Governments: 25,081stLowest Crime Rates: 25,175th
Least Corrupt Governments: 121st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 134th in the regionMost Secular: 136th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 171st in the regionSafest: 195th in the regionTop
Most Politically Free: 299th in the regionMost Income Equality: 302nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 304th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 311th in the regionMost Pacifist: 323rd in the regionBest Weather: 414th in the regionNicest Citizens: 415th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 416th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 424th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 439th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 464th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 490th in the regionMost Inclusive: 524th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 532nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 561st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 575th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 589th in the region

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