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The Planetary Social Republic of Independent Mercury

“Curse You Sun!” Overseer Cyote Rosevelt

Category: Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus

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Independent Mercury

Population1.493 billion

CapitalMerctoria
LeaderOverseer Cyote Rosevelt
FaithAnti-Corruption Socialism

CurrencyMercuryian Silver Credits
AnimalSpace Rock

The Planetary Social Republic of Independent Mercury is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Overseer Cyote Rosevelt with an even hand, and remarkable for its state-planned economy, smutty television, and pith helmet sales. The compassionate population of 1.493 billion Mercuryians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Merctoria. The average income tax rate is 85.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Independent Mercuryian economy, worth 183 trillion Mercuryian Silver Credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 122,833 Mercuryian Silver Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Foreigners with shady pasts are fleeing the country, snitches get riches, entire provinces are populated solely by nuclear missile technicians and military police, and criminals and college students are taking an interest in the government's new weed-killing program. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Independent Mercury's national animal is the Space Rock and its national religion is Anti-Corruption Socialism.

Independent Mercury is ranked 10,126th in the world and 517th in Lazarus for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 4,852.06 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Most Influential: 5,536thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,692ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,101stHighest Poor Incomes: 9,642ndMost Inclusive: 10,063rdLargest Welfare Programs: 10,126thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,656thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,118thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,358thMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,447thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,797thMost Developed: 11,835thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,006thHealthiest Citizens: 12,054thLeast Corrupt Governments: 12,380thNicest Citizens: 12,690thTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 13,434thMost Secular: 14,346thMost Patriotic: 14,549thLowest Crime Rates: 14,883rdLargest Governments: 15,122ndMost Income Equality: 15,483rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,907thHighest Food Quality: 16,042ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,344thMost Efficient Economies: 17,595thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,669thSmartest Citizens: 17,753rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 17,848thMost Valuable International Artwork: 18,076thSafest: 18,335thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 21,379thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 21,397thLargest Mining Sector: 21,673rdHighest Average Incomes: 24,738th
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Most Influential: 125th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 281st in the regionMost Income Equality: 324th in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 437th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 471st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 487th in the regionMost Inclusive: 513th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 517th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 573rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 587th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 607th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 631st in the regionNicest Citizens: 646th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 648th in the regionMost Developed: 666th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 668th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 699th in the region

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