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The Constitutional Monarchy of Maricoen

“War is a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.” Prime Minister Dimitri Morozov

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excessive

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: New Eastern Europe

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Maricoen

Population1.827 billion

CapitalMarcosberg
LeaderPrime Minister Dimitri Morozov
FaithMaricoenian Orthodoxy

Currencynerok
AnimalEuropean Bison

The Constitutional Monarchy of Maricoen is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Prime Minister Dimitri Morozov with a fair hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, ubiquitous missile silos, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 1.827 billion Maricoenians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, corrupt, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Marcosberg. The average income tax rate is 84.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Maricoenian economy, worth 327 trillion neroks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 179,146 neroks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Textbooks are exactly twice as heavy as they used to be, autopsies often involve only cursory examination, military officials are questioning the policy of ceding the nation's territory in exchange for promises not to invade it, and parents dread their examinations more than their children. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Maricoen's national animal is the European Bison, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Maricoenian Orthodoxy.

Maricoen is ranked 12,467th in the world and 9th in New Eastern Europe for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 9,673.85 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

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Largest Publishing Industry: 2,630thMost Pacifist: 3,506thMost Efficient Economies: 4,166thMost Cultured: 4,295thNudest: 4,560thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,125thRudest Citizens: 6,188thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,365thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,454thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,488thNicest Citizens: 6,498thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,577thMost Influential: 7,333rdSafest: 7,494thSmartest Citizens: 7,877thMost Developed: 7,884thMost Inclusive: 8,033rdLargest Governments: 8,350thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,501stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8,608thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,692ndLargest Retail Industry: 8,757thLowest Crime Rates: 8,796thHighest Average Incomes: 9,045thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,424thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,445thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,780thHealthiest Citizens: 10,763rdTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 12,318thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,467thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,991stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,025thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,286thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,966thMost Politically Free: 19,057thMost Valuable International Artwork: 19,067thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,399thLargest Agricultural Sector: 21,029th
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Nicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionNudest: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Inclusive: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 5th in the regionSafest: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Maricoen voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Gay Panic defense Ban".
  • : Following new legislation in Maricoen, parents dread their examinations more than their children.
  • : Following new legislation in Maricoen, military officials are questioning the policy of ceding the nation's territory in exchange for promises not to invade it.
  • : Following new legislation in Maricoen, autopsies often involve only cursory examination.
  • : Following new legislation in Maricoen, textbooks are exactly twice as heavy as they used to be.
  • : Following new legislation in Maricoen, the nation faces constant invasions by foreign boy bands.
  • : Following new legislation in Maricoen, nobody is allowed to stop the local daycare from reading Nietzsche to pre-schoolers.
  • : Maricoen lodged a message on the New Eastern Europe Regional Message Board.
  • : Maricoen lodged a message on the New Eastern Europe Regional Message Board.
  • : Maricoen published "Monarchs of Maricoen" (Factbook: History).

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