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The Union of Mecca-Switzerland

“In God Is Our Trust”

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

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific

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Mecca-Switzerland

Population10.263 billion

CapitalWildedstein
LeaderStadtholder Hussein
FaithIslam

CurrencyGold Franc
AnimalLION

The Union of Mecca-Switzerland is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Stadtholder Hussein with a fair hand, and notable for its prohibition of alcohol, parental licensing program, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 10.263 billion schweizer-arabiers 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 large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Industry, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Wildedstein. The average income tax rate is 93.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Mecca-Switzerlandian economy, worth a remarkable 1,915 trillion Gold Francs a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 186,615 Gold Francs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Stadtholder Hussein's used car is held together by bumper stickers that support the opposition, the nation turns a blind eye to human rights abuses in its quest for athletic supremacy, the nation is committed to nuclear rearmament, and police officers that upset their bosses get assigned to 24 hour stakeouts of bike sheds. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Mecca-Switzerland's national animal is the LION, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Islam.

Mecca-Switzerland is ranked 194,945th in the world and 8,175th in The North Pacific for Most Extreme, scoring 9.42 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 721stMost Influential: 1,127thMost Devout: 2,211thTop
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Best Weather: 3,219thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,238thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,291stMost Efficient Economies: 3,293rdMost Cultured: 3,338thLowest Crime Rates: 3,813thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,632ndMost Subsidized Industry: 5,120thLargest Governments: 5,178thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,063rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,348thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,582ndRudest Citizens: 7,014thHealthiest Citizens: 7,267thHighest Average Incomes: 8,136thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,191stSafest: 8,208thMost Inclusive: 8,240thMost Developed: 8,635thHighest Economic Output: 8,747thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,352ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,997thSmartest Citizens: 10,959thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,022ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11,142ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,470thLargest Retail Industry: 12,053rdTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 13,239thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13,403rdMost Advanced Public Education: 15,287thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 17,992ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 21,447th
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Most Devout: 81st in the regionTop
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Most Cultured: 172nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 183rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 193rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 198th in the regionBest Weather: 200th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 203rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 272nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 277th in the regionLargest Governments: 279th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 303rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 315th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 344th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 367th in the regionRudest Citizens: 367th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 386th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 419th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 426th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 426th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 438th in the regionMost Influential: 439th in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 474th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 474th in the regionSafest: 481st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 496th in the regionMost Inclusive: 504th in the regionMost Developed: 526th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 563rd in the regionLargest Populations: 595th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 601st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 635th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 640th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 653rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 780th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 826th in the region

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