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The Matriarchy of Meggland

“Free Forever”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the Rejected Realms

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Meggland

Population12.902 billion

CapitalMegalopolis
LeaderCountess Elizabeth Bathory
FaithRoman Catholic

CurrencyJellicle
AnimalTuxedo Cat

The Matriarchy of Meggland is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Countess Elizabeth Bathory with an even hand, and remarkable for its smutty television, infamous sell-swords, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, humorless population of 12.902 billion Megglandians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The enormous, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Megalopolis. The average income tax rate is 89.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Megglandian economy, worth a remarkable 1,663 trillion Jellicles a year, is highly specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 128,920 Jellicles, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Whipping posts and lashes have been transferred to the Historical Museum of Megglandian Embarrassments, construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway, protests are legal but strictly supervised, and conversion therapy coupons are a popular present for coming of age ceremonies. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Meggland's national animal is the Tuxedo Cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Roman Catholic.

Meggland is ranked 103,251st in the world and 2,622nd in the Rejected Realms for Highest Drug Use, scoring 66.2 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

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Most Cultured: 2,026thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 2,693rdMost Inclusive: 3,398thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,283rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,749thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,017thMost Efficient Economies: 5,570thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,621stMost Pacifist: 5,899thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,901stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,125thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,307thMost Stationary: 7,439thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,836thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,157thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,473rdLongest Average Lifespans: 9,654thLargest Governments: 9,684thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,024thHighest Economic Output: 10,259thMost Developed: 11,502ndNicest Citizens: 12,052ndTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 12,770thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,028thMost Influential: 14,062ndHealthiest Citizens: 14,438thLowest Crime Rates: 14,945thSmartest Citizens: 15,876thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,481stHighest Average Incomes: 20,141stLargest Populations: 20,820th
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Most Cultured: 61st in the regionMost Stationary: 65th in the regionTop
5%
Most Advanced Public Transport: 76th in the regionMost Inclusive: 85th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 103rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 127th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 142nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 152nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 154th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 166th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 186th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 195th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 207th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 212th in the regionNicest Citizens: 227th in the regionMost Developed: 232nd in the regionLargest Governments: 232nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 248th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 257th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 258th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 258th in the regionMost Influential: 267th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 291st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 320th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 325th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 328th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 329th in the regionTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 363rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 366th in the regionLargest Populations: 442nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 497th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 626th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Meggland, conversion therapy coupons are a popular present for coming of age ceremonies.
  • : Meggland was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Nicest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Meggland, protests are legal but strictly supervised.
  • : Following new legislation in Meggland, construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway.
  • : Following new legislation in Meggland, whipping posts and lashes have been transferred to the Historical Museum of Megglandian Embarrassments.
  • : Following new legislation in Meggland, it takes a village to catch a criminal.
  • : Following new legislation in Meggland, an increasing percentage of the population's youth have homosexual parents.
  • : Following new legislation in Meggland, new treatments are rejected if they cannot be explained using only one-syllable words.
  • : Following new legislation in Meggland, a girl's success in life is often linked to her performance in beauty pageants.
  • : Following new legislation in Meggland, there's a lot of mouth-breathers about these days.

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