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The Marconian State

Population3.983 billion


AnimalNational Animal

The Pretitle of The Marconian State is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, unlimited-speed roads, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 3.983 billion Marconians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, liberal 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 91.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Marconian economy, worth 740 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 185,979 Currencies, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

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 7,689th in the world and 14th in Thaecia for Highest Average Incomes, with 185,979.6 Standard Monetary Units.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,205thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,283rdMost Influential: 2,383rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,562ndNicest Citizens: 2,676thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,806thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,934thMost Developed: 2,964thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,970thMost Inclusive: 3,144thSmartest Citizens: 3,194thMost Efficient Economies: 3,213thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,147thRudest Citizens: 4,160thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,260thLargest Retail Industry: 5,058thMost Pacifist: 5,219thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,639thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,675thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,704thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,821stLargest Governments: 6,148thHealthiest Citizens: 6,555thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,851stMost Beautiful Environments: 6,870thMost Cultured: 7,171stMost Rebellious Youth: 7,351stHighest Average Incomes: 7,689thMost Secular: 8,048thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,125thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,811thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,497thLowest Crime Rates: 9,814thBest Weather: 10,252ndTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 10,425thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 16,461stSafest: 17,127th
Most Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionNicest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 5th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 5th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Developed: 6th in the regionMost Stationary: 6th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 7th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 7th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 11th in the regionRudest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Cultured: 11th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 12th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 13th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 13th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 13th in the regionMost Influential: 13th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 13th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 14th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14th in the regionMost Pacifist: 14th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 15th in the regionLargest Governments: 15th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 15th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 20th in the regionNudest: 21st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 22nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 24th in the regionMost Secular: 27th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 28th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 29th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 29th in the regionBest Weather: 31st in the region

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