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The Holy Principality of Saint Mark was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 302
Most Valuable International Artwork: 138thMost Influential: 263rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 272nd
The Serene Sanctuary of
Corporate Bordello
Voluntatem tuam, Domine, non est meum
Chancellor, UTWP
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The Holy Principality of Saint Mark

Population9.146 billion

CapitalSanctus Leo
LeaderHis Serene Highness Prince Marcarius


The Serene Sanctuary of The Holy Principality of Saint Mark is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by His Serene Highness Prince Marcarius with a fair hand, and renowned for its pith helmet sales, zero percent divorce rate, and anti-smoking policies. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 9.146 billion Saint Markians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The relatively small government is primarily concerned with Education, although Environment, Spirituality, and Industry are also considered important, while Social Policy and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sanctus Leo. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 45.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Saint Markian economy, worth a remarkable 2,828 trillion Marks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 309,246 Marks, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,517,501 per year while the poor average 36,070, a ratio of 42.1 to 1.

The The Holy Principality of Saint Mark Automotive Racing Series draws millions of spectators annually while those near the tracks complain about the noise, surrealist houses shaped like mushrooms and volcanoes dominate the wealthiest neighborhoods, the government keeps its thumb on the scales of justice, and drawing men's naughty bits isn't considered to be art. Crime is totally unknown. The Holy Principality of Saint Mark's national animal is the Lion, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Christianity.

The Holy Principality of Saint Mark is ranked 35,857th in the world and 937th in the West Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring 67.56 on the Rand Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 138thMost Influential: 263rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 272ndMost Devout: 362ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,100thMost Cultured: 1,167thRudest Citizens: 1,322ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,757thLargest Retail Industry: 1,771stHighest Average Incomes: 1,787thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,073rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,392ndSmartest Citizens: 2,427thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,568thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,585thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,618thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,788thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,942ndMost Efficient Economies: 3,172ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,983rdMost Beautiful Environments: 4,013thLargest Governments: 4,200thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,451stHighest Economic Output: 4,618thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,957thLowest Crime Rates: 5,518thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,634thMost Developed: 6,537thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,829thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,060thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,125thMost Pacifist: 9,405thNicest Citizens: 9,627thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,773rdTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 10,850thLargest Mining Sector: 15,369thHighest Drug Use: 16,691stMost Subsidized Industry: 17,069thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 17,665thMost Compassionate Citizens: 17,931stSafest: 18,520th
Most Influential: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 6th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 9th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Cultured: 23rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 32nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 42nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 45th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 46th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 47th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 48th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 56th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 56th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 56th in the regionTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 60th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 65th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 66th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 75th in the regionLargest Governments: 80th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 84th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 85th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 89th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 96th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 99th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 113th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 132nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 146th in the regionMost Developed: 157th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 174th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 184th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 194th in the regionLargest Populations: 232nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 234th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 236th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 240th in the regionMost Pacifist: 269th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 290th in the regionTop
Largest Mining Sector: 294th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 436th in the regionMost Stationary: 437th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 454th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 464th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 492nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 522nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 548th in the regionSafest: 566th in the region

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