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The Grand Theocratic Empire of Holy Marsh

“For the Holy Marsh! Death to the Vile Lard!”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Truckler

Location: Greater Dienstad

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Holy Marsh

Population24.272 billion

CapitalMar'si
LeaderArch-Bishop Lainika
FaithMarshism

CurrencyMarshian
AnimalSparky

The Grand Theocratic Empire of Holy Marsh is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Arch-Bishop Lainika with an iron fist, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, unlimited-speed roads, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 24.272 billion Marshites are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Education, Industry, and Law & Order are also considered important, while Environment isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mar'si. The average income tax rate is 94.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Marshite economy, worth a remarkable 8,530 trillion Marshians a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Uranium Mining. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 351,464 Marshians, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes, nations across the world are quick to praise Arch-Bishop Lainika's good looks and intellectual prowess, inter-species marriages are ignored by the government, and the importance of winning Olympic gold medals is indoctrinated from an early age. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Holy Marsh's national animal is the Sparky, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Marshism.

Holy Marsh is ranked 2,785th in the world and 7th in Greater Dienstad for Largest Governments, scoring 47.24 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

Top
1%
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 242ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 254thLargest Black Market: 444thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 615thHighest Economic Output: 620thMost Armed: 714thMost Devout: 948thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,108thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,148thHighest Average Incomes: 1,195thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,394thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,139thLargest Mining Sector: 2,260thTop
5%
Most Inclusive: 2,453rdMost Cultured: 2,548thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,616thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,638thLargest Governments: 2,785thMost Efficient Economies: 3,058thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,155thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,554thLowest Crime Rates: 3,864thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,027thLargest Populations: 4,037thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,226thSmartest Citizens: 4,374thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,428thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,277thMost Developed: 5,454thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,521stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,668thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,670thHealthiest Citizens: 5,744thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,861stMost Avoided: 6,436thRudest Citizens: 7,440thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,111thMost Influential: 10,997thTop
10%
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,659thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,954thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,211th
Top
5%
Most Inclusive: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 3rd in the regionTop
10%
Largest Black Market: 4th in the regionMost Armed: 4th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Holy Marsh was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Mining Sector.
  • : Holy Marsh was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Holy Marsh lodged a message on the Greater Dienstad Regional Message Board.
  • : Holy Marsh lodged a message on the Greater Dienstad Regional Message Board.
  • : Holy Marsh lodged a message on the Greater Dienstad Regional Message Board.
  • : Holy Marsh was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Marsh, the importance of winning Olympic gold medals is indoctrinated from an early age.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Marsh, inter-species marriages are ignored by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Marsh, nations across the world are quick to praise Arch-Bishop Lainika's good looks and intellectual prowess.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Marsh, scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes.

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