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The United Kingdom of Marie Byrd

“For King, For Country, For Law”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Handshaker

Location: Thaecia

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Marie Byrd

Population3.635 billion

CapitalDeheubarth
LeaderKing Terrance
FaithChurch of Marie Byrd

CurrencyGrant Island Pound
AnimalPenguin

The United Kingdom of Marie Byrd is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by King Terrance with an iron fist, and renowned for its pith helmet sales, enslaved workforce, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 3.635 billion Marie Byrdians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Deheubarth. The average income tax rate is 60.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Marie Byrdian economy, worth 577 trillion Grant Island Pounds a year, is mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 158,962 Grant Island Pounds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.4 times as much as the poorest.

9 out of 10 consumers think that vitamins can cure cancer, in musicals everybody's a little bit racist, garishly-decorated government buildings are being hailed as the height of 'religious nouveau', and there has been a rapid increase of noise complaints over the sound of buzzing bees. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable 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 Marie Byrd.

Marie Byrd is ranked 6,728th in the world and 5th in Thaecia for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 10,081.81 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Top
5%
Most Influential: 2,303rdLargest Publishing Industry: 2,959thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,631stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,713thMost Armed: 4,959thLargest Black Market: 4,962ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,788thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,053rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 6,232ndLargest Mining Sector: 6,728thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,984thLowest Crime Rates: 9,950thTop
10%
Highest Average Incomes: 11,621stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11,633rdLongest Average Lifespans: 11,917thMost Developed: 12,066thHealthiest Citizens: 12,284thMost Cultured: 12,450thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,811thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,523rdHighest Poor Incomes: 14,545thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,001stSmartest Citizens: 17,199thMost Inclusive: 18,234thLargest Governments: 19,071stMost Advanced Public Transport: 19,731stMost Devout: 19,859thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 20,347thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20,569th
Top
1%
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionTop
5%
Largest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the regionMost Armed: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 8th in the regionMost Influential: 11th in the regionTop
10%
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 22nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 22nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 22nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 24th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 25th in the regionMost Cultured: 32nd in the regionNudest: 32nd in the regionMost Devout: 35th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 35th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 36th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 37th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 38th in the regionMost Developed: 39th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 39th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Marie Byrd was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Devout.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, there has been a rapid increase of noise complaints over the sound of buzzing bees.
  • : Marie Byrd endorsed The Riverside Van of Lemonadia.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, garishly-decorated government buildings are being hailed as the height of 'religious nouveau'.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, in musicals everybody's a little bit racist.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, 9 out of 10 consumers think that vitamins can cure cancer.
  • : Marie Byrd changed its national motto to "For King, For Country, For Law".
  • : Marie Byrd changed its national motto to "Pro rege, pro patria, pro lege For King, For Country, F".
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, third party candidates are now gaining some representation in Parliament.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, Marie Byrdian novella fans become unusually flustered when thinking about King Terrance.

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