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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 5,007thMost Influential: 12,874thLargest Welfare Programs: 17,968th
The Little Gunboat that Could of
Left-wing Utopia
We’ve got an iron tight hull
Captain Franklin Buchanan
Vice Delegate
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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USS Merrimack

Population13.139 billion

CapitalHampton Roads
LeaderCaptain Franklin Buchanan

CurrencyConfederate Dollar

The Little Gunboat that Could of USS Merrimack is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Captain Franklin Buchanan with a fair hand, and notable for its complete lack of prisons, irreverence towards religion, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 13.139 billion USS Merrimackians 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 medium-sized, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Healthcare, Welfare, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hampton Roads. The average income tax rate is 34.5%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The USS Merrimackian economy, worth 650 trillion Confederate Dollars a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 49,508 Confederate Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The entire entry for USS Merrimack in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the World reads 'mostly harmless', the moral worth of national allies is judged by their GDP, the navy plans patrols according to how many pubs nearby ports have, and pharmaceutical companies emphatically promise that "your pills are in the mail" rather than admit any supply shortfall. Crime is totally unknown. USS Merrimack's national animal is the Cottonbird, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

USS Merrimack is ranked 243,127th in the world and 685th in The Wellspring for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 64,402 Standard Monetary Units.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 5,007thMost Influential: 12,874thTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 17,968thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 20,738thBest Weather: 24,448thNicest Citizens: 24,981stMost Valuable International Artwork: 25,246thMost Compassionate Citizens: 26,927thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 27,753rdLargest Populations: 28,017thMost Cheerful Citizens: 28,770thMost Beautiful Environments: 29,064th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12th in the regionMost Influential: 12th in the regionLargest Black Market: 14th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 17th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 25th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 27th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 29th in the regionBest Weather: 29th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 37th in the regionNudest: 41st in the regionTop
Nicest Citizens: 52nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 53rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 54th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 56th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 67th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 73rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 78th in the regionMost Pacifist: 82nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 84th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 89th in the region

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