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The United Kingdom of Marie Byrd

“For King, For Country, For Law”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Handshaker

Location: Thaecia

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Marie Byrd

Population4.094 billion

CapitalDeheubarth
LeaderKing Terrance
FaithChurch of Marie Byrd

CurrencyGrant Island Pound
AnimalPenguin

The United Kingdom of Marie Byrd is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by King Terrance with an iron fist, and notable for its parental licensing program, prohibition of alcohol, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.094 billion Marie Byrdians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

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 68.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Marie Byrdian economy, worth 698 trillion Grant Island Pounds a year, is quite specialized and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 170,699 Grant Island Pounds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

Snap elections are called over every minor impasse, it is a common belief that a sport isn't sport if there are no decapitations, any body part that can be cut off a person is no longer considered to be their property, and with great power generation comes great responsibility. 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 35,733rd in the world and 69th in Thaecia for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 792.96 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Most Influential: 2,042ndTop
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Most Armed: 3,208thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,229thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,252ndLargest Black Market: 4,425thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,474thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,764thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,298thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,279thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,335thLowest Crime Rates: 9,270thHighest Average Incomes: 9,785thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,251stHealthiest Citizens: 11,164thTop
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Most Cultured: 11,344thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,728thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,849thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,219thMost Developed: 12,329thLargest Mining Sector: 12,391stLargest Governments: 16,360thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,393rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,983rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,605thMost Efficient Economies: 17,870thMost Devout: 18,452ndSmartest Citizens: 18,490thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,626thMost Inclusive: 19,679thMost Advanced Public Transport: 21,473rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 22,292nd
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Most Armed: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 12th in the regionMost Influential: 12th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 17th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 17th in the regionMost Conservative: 19th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 20th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 22nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 23rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 24th in the regionMost Devout: 24th in the region

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