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The United Kingdom of Marie Byrd

“Peace and Justice and love in the Service of the Crown”

Category: Moralistic Democracy
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Handshaker

Location: Thaecia

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Marie Byrd

Population1.89 billion

CapitalTerrance I City
LeaderKing Terrance I
FaithChurch Of Grant Island

CurrencyGrant Island Pound
AnimalPenguin

The United Kingdom of Marie Byrd is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by King Terrance I with an even hand, and renowned for its public floggings, zero percent divorce rate, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, devout population of 1.89 billion Marie Byrdians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Terrance I City. The average income tax rate is 68.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Marie Byrdian economy, worth 223 trillion Grant Island Pounds a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 118,326 Grant Island Pounds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.5 times as much as the poorest.

A video of King Terrance I wearing shock-blue face paint and smashing an electric guitar in front of a frenzied crowd is on endless repeat on the nightly news, most politicians belong to the Church of the Divine Kickback, the dessert 'Death by Chocolate' isn't the most lethal dish on the menu, and citizens wishing to be parents must undertake a series of gruelling tests to evaluate their capabilities. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Marie Byrd's national animal is the Penguin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Church Of Grant Island.

Marie Byrd is ranked 145,076th in the world and 236th in Thaecia for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -8.12 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,476thMost Influential: 4,199thMost Devout: 7,674thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,793rdTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 10,369thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,646thLargest Publishing Industry: 12,416thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,754thMost Developed: 14,191stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14,363rdMost Inclusive: 14,877thHealthiest Citizens: 15,277thLargest Welfare Programs: 15,605th
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Most Stationary: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost Influential: 11th in the regionMost Devout: 11th in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 21st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 21st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 22nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Marie Byrd was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments and Most Devout.
  • : Marie Byrd lost the endorsement of The Free Land of Cirrus Azaleum.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, citizens wishing to be parents must undertake a series of gruelling tests to evaluate their capabilities.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, the dessert 'Death by Chocolate' isn't the most lethal dish on the menu.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, most politicians belong to the Church of the Divine Kickback.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, a video of King Terrance I wearing shock-blue face paint and smashing an electric guitar in front of a frenzied crowd is on endless repeat on the nightly news.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, it ain't easy to be green enough to be imported into Marie Byrd.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, healthcare workers are flummoxed over the spike in foreign tourists with sudden-onset heart disease.
  • : Marie Byrd was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, the statue in the Rhee Plaza has a solar panel for a hat.

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