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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 955thLargest Mining Sector: 1,688thMost Patriotic: 1,721st
The Kingdom of
Moralistic Democracy
We will Rock you!
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Below Average

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PlanetMercury

Population4.773 billion

CapitalBulsara
LeaderFreddie Mercury

Currencypound
AnimalCat

The Kingdom of PlanetMercury is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Freddie Mercury with an even hand, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, pith helmet sales, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 4.773 billion PlanetMercuries are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Law & Order, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bulsara. The average income tax rate is 68.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient PlanetMercuryian economy, worth a remarkable 1,102 trillion pounds a year, is mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 230,900 pounds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Thousands of picky mothers-in-law have been recruited to serve as even pickier cookery instructors, autopsies often involve only cursory examination, the nation is loathed abroad for dumping all of its waste in international waters, and kids' party bags often contain candy and e-cigarettes. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. PlanetMercury's national animal is the Cat, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

PlanetMercury is ranked 248,947th in the world and 12,998th in The North Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -68.42 on the Hayek Index.

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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 955thLargest Mining Sector: 1,688thMost Patriotic: 1,721stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,793rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,146thMost Influential: 2,190thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,535thTop
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Largest Black Market: 2,972ndMost Corrupt Governments: 3,177thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,632ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,626thHighest Average Incomes: 4,973rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,598thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,036thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,653rdNudest: 7,193rdMost Efficient Economies: 7,512thMost Avoided: 7,574thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,554thLargest Agricultural Sector: 10,783rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,589thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,868thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,191stTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 13,993rdLargest Governments: 16,289thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,321stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 17,453rdHighest Economic Output: 18,887thLowest Crime Rates: 19,992ndMost Advanced Public Education: 21,998thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 22,526thSmartest Citizens: 25,824th
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 34th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 36th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 44th in the regionMost Patriotic: 79th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 81st in the regionLargest Black Market: 82nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 93rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 115th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 162nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 167th in the regionMost Avoided: 200th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 203rd in the regionNudest: 212th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 224th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 314th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 322nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 394th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 403rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 425th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 476th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 572nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 580th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 581st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 593rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 633rd in the regionMost Influential: 666th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 806th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 840th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 858th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 944th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1,020th in the regionMost Stationary: 1,084th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,099th in the regionLargest Populations: 1,195th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1,269th in the regionMost Developed: 1,322nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in PlanetMercury, kids' party bags often contain candy and e-cigarettes.
  • : Following new legislation in PlanetMercury, the nation is loathed abroad for dumping all of its waste in international waters.
  • : Following new legislation in PlanetMercury, autopsies often involve only cursory examination.
  • : Following new legislation in PlanetMercury, thousands of picky mothers-in-law have been recruited to serve as even pickier cookery instructors.
  • : Following new legislation in PlanetMercury, people's charity begins and ends at home.
  • : Following new legislation in PlanetMercury, politicians who vacation in East Lebatuck lose their jobs upon their return.
  • : Following new legislation in PlanetMercury, urban entrepreneurs are busy introducing cockroaches into restaurant kitchens.
  • : Following new legislation in PlanetMercury, 200 mph car chases are a frequent sight on the otherwise empty motorways.
  • : Following new legislation in PlanetMercury, calling dibs is an unalienable right.
  • : Following new legislation in PlanetMercury, oil rigs in winter are heated by contained oil slick fires.

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