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The Principality of Mercandia

“Peace and Justice”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population1.878 billion


The Principality of Mercandia is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, public floggings, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.878 billion Mercandians 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, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Environment. The average income tax rate is 48.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Mercandian economy, worth 209 trillion marks a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Cheese Exports, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 111,663 marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Boys who take just one date to the high school prom are called 'losers', citizens can only enjoy the splendor of the natural world in designated 'Majesty Appreciation' zones, babies living in poverty are told to take responsibility for their own fortunes, and homosexuality is a crime punishable by death. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Mercandia's national animal is the fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Mercandia is ranked 13,994th in the world and 778th in The North Pacific for Longest Average Lifespans, with 80.8 Years.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 567thMost Influential: 945thTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,261stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,761stBest Weather: 5,768thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,236thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,156thTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 8,568thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,346thLowest Crime Rates: 9,447thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,171stMost Authoritarian: 10,551stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,267thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13,006thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,994thHealthiest Citizens: 14,204thMost Conservative: 14,749th
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 151st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 174th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 303rd in the regionBest Weather: 315th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 331st in the regionMost Influential: 351st in the regionTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 390th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 393rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 409th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 477th in the regionLargest Black Market: 532nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 559th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 588th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 593rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 598th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 605th in the region

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