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The Republic of Markla

“In tutela nostra Markla”

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

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific



Population624 million

CapitalMarkla City


The Republic of Markla is a huge, genial nation, remarkable for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 624 million Marklans 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 Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Markla City. The average income tax rate is 31.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Marklan economy, worth 68.1 trillion marks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Cheese Exports. Average income is an impressive 109,111 marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

The sidewalk is used as an overtaking lane by city drivers, the children of Markla are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence, the nation's soldiers are considered the best-dressed in the South Pacific, and the "swords to plowshares" policy has created a generation of farmers that can kill a yak from 200 yards away. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Markla's national animal is the orca, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Markla is ranked 171,488th in the world and 6,410th in the South Pacific for Fattest Citizens, with 8.07 Obesity Rate.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,103rdTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 2,394thMost Influential: 2,548thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,192ndMost Secular: 6,647thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,809thTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 12,700thMost Developed: 13,424thSmartest Citizens: 17,670thHealthiest Citizens: 17,705thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 17,912thMost Efficient Economies: 19,080thMost Inclusive: 19,543rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 19,794thLongest Average Lifespans: 20,342nd
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 61st in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 164th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 235th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 243rd in the regionMost Secular: 246th in the regionMost Influential: 321st in the regionTop
Most Developed: 388th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 390th in the regionRudest Citizens: 537th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 538th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 558th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 579th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 587th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 663rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 673rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 711th in the regionMost Inclusive: 716th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 730th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Markla was endorsed by The United Protectorate of Tepertopia.
  • : Markla was endorsed by The Most Serene Republic of Philippinia.
  • : Following new legislation in Markla, the "swords to plowshares" policy has created a generation of farmers that can kill a yak from 200 yards away.
  • : Following new legislation in Markla, the nation's soldiers are considered the best-dressed in the South Pacific.
  • : Following new legislation in Markla, the children of Markla are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence.
  • : Following new legislation in Markla, the sidewalk is used as an overtaking lane by city drivers.
  • : Markla was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Cheese Export Sector.
  • : Markla was endorsed by The Queendom of Merevane.
  • : Markla was endorsed by The Allied States of USNE2018.
  • : Following new legislation in Markla, fur coats have become the latest fashion trend.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 174 » Aumeltopia, Qvait, Amerion, Hanguk-Nippon, Holy Free, Jehenna, The Filippinas, Kervanosia, Erinor, Bawkie, Farengeto, Mapico, Aidenfieeld, Land Without Shrimp, Kringalia, Bleakfoot, Crystal Creation, PenguinPies, Madreia, Pencil Sharpeners 2, CzechoSlovakishMoravia, Anserisa, Volaworand, Wehraboos, Barabarom, Beepee, Gardenia Azul, Tsunamy, Sumalyo, Ralphburg, Marinho Islands, Tsvetania, Shefino, Starsight, Kiasu-ism, The Solar System Scope, The Two Jerseys, Drystar, Nova Montron, Iym Winterless, Silberne Wache, Pax Dracon, Privatore, Ancient Slobovia, Nowa Europa, Great Andora, Darakin, Bumblegaria, Bear Connors Paradiso, Japanese Federal Republic, and 124 others.Escanval, Linden Oak, Isokenzar, Avalonica, The West Valley Mountains, Nova Kobol, Phoenixesia, Yeldarbsland, The Worst army of, Greater Hyrulang, Seliyan progressive Islands, Sedunn, Sthalrim, Utondara, Luddinlande, Curlyhoward, Si-topia, Southern Numenor, The United Expanse, Gliasco, Blaash, Linguiniland, Springhollow, Corgitopiaa, Manniskoslaktet, Compli, Unielvan Millorvium, Stoniamera, Kandorith, New Juan Carlos Land, Auphelia, Aguatania, Yellunstryer, Soem, Abarri, Cypheri, Three Rivia Levr, Noire Denholm, Center Lisle, Native Inhabitants of Antarctica, Laamiva, Fighting Kawi Ninja, The Radanivans, Sanden, Gymnostan, Noveos, Theorin, North Kanuckistan, Madhonia, West Pastafaria, Kholdan, Calistan, ChickenDome, Walloonia, Techganet, St Oaks, Escevola, Bergenu, Nankyoku Tairiku, Pi Ttamgwa Nunmul, Well F, Outer Utonixick Gollinican, Glen Cooley, Aurcania, Esfalsa, Cuuldere, Rebel-topia, West Fallows, United States of Vietnam, Lioniel, New Briantown, Dylar, HUElavia, Mincestia, Alaninia, Comrie, Eddonia, Tridem, Nueva Alta California, United Great Holy Empire, Dovive, Eareamland, Operahouse, Drugged Monkeys, Sandaoguo, 073 039 109 032 080 111 112 112 121, Drew-Topia, Nijisanji, Ullan, Avia Lavanda, Ikkarus, The Mancunian republic, Catsonya, Trepsit, Tandrea, New Iridescence, Flaksis, Kedjens, Kroumos, Sau Man Frescher, The Tecorogan Federation, Midand, Concrete Slab, Whimichy, Kompir, Nookington, Andinla, Tioloman, White Bananistan, Myness, Catillos, B H A R A T, Efferalt, Djalia, Namhines, Coadjuthen, Gecetesse, Eirun Sol, Terreno Travato, Ebonhand, USNE2018, Merevane, Philippinia, and Tepertopia.

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