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The Marconian State

Population8.48 billion


AnimalNational Animal

The Former President of The Marconian State is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, keen interest in outer space, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 8.48 billion Marconians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of CAPITAL CITY. The average income tax rate is 93.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Marconian economy, worth a remarkable 1,553 trillion Currencies a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 183,173 Currencies, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The right school tie opens more doors than the right qualification, politicians tend to jump ship to whichever party is currently leading in the polls, the new national anthem passes the Turing Test, and CAPITAL CITY's flashy holiday light displays can be seen from space. Crime is totally unknown. The Marconian State's national animal is the National Animal, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Religion.

The Marconian State is ranked 254,178th in the world and 377th in Thaecia for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -11.35 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Most Influential: 839thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,473rdTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 3,028thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,044thMost Developed: 3,215thNicest Citizens: 3,364thSmartest Citizens: 3,475thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,746thMost Inclusive: 4,070thMost Efficient Economies: 4,238thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,268thRudest Citizens: 4,741stHighest Food Quality: 4,943rdLargest Publishing Industry: 5,007thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,086thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,117thMost Pacifist: 5,553rdLongest Average Lifespans: 5,638thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,902ndMost Beautiful Environments: 5,904thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,080thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,483rdLargest Governments: 6,493rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,610thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,652ndMost Rebellious Youth: 6,754thHealthiest Citizens: 6,831stLargest Retail Industry: 7,278thMost Cultured: 7,477thBest Weather: 7,771stLargest Welfare Programs: 8,300thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,421stMost Secular: 8,930thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,324thHighest Average Incomes: 9,529thLowest Crime Rates: 10,166thHighest Economic Output: 13,159thTop
Safest: 13,705thMost Stationary: 18,033rd
Most Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionNicest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 7th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Inclusive: 7th in the regionRudest Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 8th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 10th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 11th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionMost Cultured: 11th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 12th in the regionLargest Governments: 12th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 12th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 12th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 13th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 17th in the regionLargest Populations: 19th in the regionMost Pacifist: 20th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 21st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 21st in the regionNudest: 22nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 22nd in the regionBest Weather: 25th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 26th in the regionMost Secular: 31st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 33rd in the region

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