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Least Corrupt Governments: 1,689thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,067thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,083rd
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New Merakh

Population5.981 billion

CapitalKesat
LeaderMor Surya

Currencyyin
Animalgoat

The Union of New Merakh is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Mor Surya with a fair hand, and remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 5.981 billion Merakhis 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 enormous, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kesat. The average income tax rate is 95.3%.

The powerhouse Merakhi economy, worth 709 trillion yins 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 significant contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 118,622 yins, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation's universities are often mistaken for foreign embassies, small children are learning a lot of new words from a teacher with Tourette Syndrome, parents seeking custody have to write a five-thousand word analysis of their child's imaginary friend, and Mor Surya's office has a newly installed Max-Man arcade game programmed by a 5th-grader. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. New Merakh's national animal is the goat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

New Merakh is ranked 26,994th in the world and 16th in Tiandi for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring 1,885.17 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 1,689thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,067thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,083rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,085thNicest Citizens: 2,333rdTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,645thMost Inclusive: 2,726thMost Pacifist: 3,081stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,828thSafest: 4,091stBest Weather: 4,475thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,541stMost Advanced Public Education: 4,702ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,801stMost Beautiful Environments: 5,090thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,292ndHealthiest Citizens: 5,398thLowest Crime Rates: 5,749thMost Cultured: 7,138thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,303rdLargest Governments: 7,777thSmartest Citizens: 7,817thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,892ndHighest Poor Incomes: 8,941stLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,328thMost Income Equality: 10,337thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 13,672ndLargest Publishing Industry: 18,886thMost Developed: 22,197th
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Largest Welfare Programs: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 3rd in the regionTop
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Least Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionSafest: 4th in the regionNicest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 4th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionBest Weather: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5th in the regionMost Pacifist: 5th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 5th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Income Equality: 7th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Cultured: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : New Merakh was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in New Merakh, Mor Surya's office has a newly installed Max-Man arcade game programmed by a 5th-grader.
  • : Following new legislation in New Merakh, parents seeking custody have to write a five-thousand word analysis of their child's imaginary friend.
  • : Following new legislation in New Merakh, small children are learning a lot of new words from a teacher with Tourette Syndrome.
  • : Following new legislation in New Merakh, the nation's universities are often mistaken for foreign embassies.
  • : Following new legislation in New Merakh, money can't buy love but mercy is entirely negotiable.
  • : Following new legislation in New Merakh, parents dread their examinations more than their children.
  • : Following new legislation in New Merakh, the long arm of the law possesses a rather slow hand.
  • : Following new legislation in New Merakh, recognizing the Merakhi flag qualifies you for citizenship.
  • : New Merakh was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed.

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