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The Protectorate of Maerist

“Love, Learn, Live”

Category: Democratic Socialists
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific



Population604 million



The Protectorate of Maerist is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, smutty television, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 604 million Maeristians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large government is primarily concerned with Education, with Healthcare, Industry, and Administration also on the agenda, while Defense and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ellison. The average income tax rate is 64.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Maeristian economy, worth 63.7 trillion Credits 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 a slick, highly efficient, fairly diversified black market in Information Technology, Book Publishing, Retail, and Beef-Based Agriculture. 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 impressive 105,505 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government defends a woman's right to choose, 'A is for Annulment' is a popular children's song, the only things Maeristians vote on are cutest dolphin competitions, and tax revenue is often intercepted by international accountants before ever seeing the national treasury. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Maerist's national animal is the dolphin, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Maerist is ranked 43,607th in the world and 1,590th in the South Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 2,054.9 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,015thTop
Most Secular: 2,158thMost Influential: 3,748thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,687thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,808thMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,867thTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 10,499thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 11,231stMost Inclusive: 11,658thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,798thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,057thLargest Retail Industry: 13,721stHighest Poor Incomes: 15,180thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,400thSmartest Citizens: 15,645thHighest Drug Use: 16,783rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,248thMost Developed: 19,274thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 20,083rd
Most Secular: 89th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 131st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 275th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 279th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 319th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 335th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 346th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 348th in the regionTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 395th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 402nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 402nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 434th in the regionMost Influential: 447th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 464th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 483rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 489th in the regionMost Developed: 568th in the regionRudest Citizens: 572nd in the regionNudest: 610th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 635th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 659th in the regionLargest Black Market: 693rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Maerist was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Maerist, tax revenue is often intercepted by international accountants before ever seeing the national treasury.
  • : Following new legislation in Maerist, the only things Maeristians vote on are cutest dolphin competitions.
  • : Following new legislation in Maerist, 'A is for Annulment' is a popular children's song.
  • : Maerist voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Nuremgard".
  • : Maerist voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Integrity in Law Enforcement".
  • : Maerist was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Following new legislation in Maerist, the government defends a woman's right to choose.
  • : Following new legislation in Maerist, it's best not to ask what goes into Ellison Fried Chicken's secret blend of herbs and spices.
  • : Following new legislation in Maerist, elections have recently been reintroduced to Maerist.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 118 » Qvait, Aumeltopia, Amerion, Tsunamy, Hanguk-Nippon, Holy Free, Jehenna, Barabarom, The Filippinas, Luddinlande, Nova Montron, Kervanosia, The Solar System Scope, Erinor, Bear Connors Paradiso, Pencil Sharpeners 2, Sthalrim, Tsvetania, Curlyhoward, Techganet, Mapico, Bawkie, Farengeto, Si-topia, Nowa Europa, Utondara, Aidenfieeld, Land Without Shrimp, Rabbitz, Kringalia, Bleakfoot, PenguinPies, Madreia, CzechoSlovakishMoravia, Anserisa, Volaworand, Wehraboos, Centristvill, Japanese Federal Republic, GI-Land, Beepee, Seliyan progressive Islands, Noire Denholm, Linguiniland, Kholdan, Blahblah2017, Marinho Islands, Compli, West Pastafaria, Starsight, and 68 others.Dis7Nation, Baltenlands, The Worst army of, Shefino, Kandorith, Auphelia, Corgitopiaa, Laamiva, The Radanivans, ChickenDome, Chinter Tho, West Fallows, Well F, Tepertopia, The Drakan Republic, Great Novania, Ancient Slobovia, The United Expanse, Our Lord and Savior Ting, United States of Vietnam, Official State of Landland, Djalia, New Briantown, Yeldarbsland, Vincent Field, Drugged Monkeys, Sandaoguo, 073 039 109 032 080 111 112 112 121, Myness, Outer Utonixick Gollinican, Kiasu-ism, Nookington, Kedjens, The Tecorogan Federation, The Two Jerseys, Unielvan Millorvium, Great Andora, Theorin, Midand, Grand Kingdom of Zilean Empire, Concrete Slab, Whimichy, Andinla, Center Lisle, Privatore, Eskvenn, Gonrati, Catillos, RestartAll, B H A R A T, Alfama, Purple Hyacinth, United Great Holy Empire, Fighting Kawi Ninja, Namhines, Coadjuthen, Gecetesse, Soem, Weryalachiressaraxiatopia, Eirun Sol, Terreno Travato, Ebonhand, Jazzfrezia, Drystar, Oreo States, Merevane, Phanama, and Philippinia.