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The Constitutional Monarchy of Maricoen

“War is a cowardly escape from the problems of peace”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: New Eastern Europe

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Maricoen

Population888 million

CapitalMarcosberg
LeaderPrime Minister Dimitri Morozov

Currencynerok
AnimalMaricoenian Bison

The Constitutional Monarchy of Maricoen is a huge, efficient nation, ruled by Prime Minister Dimitri Morozov with a fair hand, and renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, otherworldly petting zoo, and flagrant waste-dumping. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 888 million 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 government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Marcosberg. The average income tax rate is 66.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Maricoenian economy, worth 121 trillion neroks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Retail. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 137,091 neroks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Chekhov's guns are killing the entertainment budget, large sections of Maricoen have been named national reserves to protect the native tribes living there, search and rescue forces now accept cheques and all major credit cards, and in musicals everybody's a little bit racist. Crime is totally unknown. Maricoen's national animal is the Maricoenian Bison, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Maricoen is ranked 24,888th in the world and 1st in New Eastern Europe for Most Influential, scoring 1,348 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

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Nudest: 4,348thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,714thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,220thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,415thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,990thLargest Retail Industry: 9,779thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,899thMost Pacifist: 10,133rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,260thNicest Citizens: 10,454thTop
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Most Cultured: 11,417thMost Inclusive: 14,030thMost Rebellious Youth: 14,470thMost Developed: 14,518thMost Efficient Economies: 14,702ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,261stHighest Poor Incomes: 16,133rdHighest Average Incomes: 16,802ndSmartest Citizens: 17,229thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 17,554thMost Subsidized Industry: 19,045thLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,305thLargest Governments: 20,990thMost Cheerful Citizens: 21,691stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 21,799thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 21,970th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 5th in the regionNicest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 6th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 7th in the regionMost Pacifist: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionMost Developed: 7th in the regionRudest Citizens: 7th in the region

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