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The Magic and the Mystery of Merconitonitopia

“Too Good to be Ranked in the Best Nation of the World!”

Category: Authoritarian Democracy
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The North Pacific



Population16.936 billion

LeaderMontebad II


The Magic and the Mystery of Merconitonitopia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Montebad II with an even hand, and notable for its compulsory vegetarianism, zero percent divorce rate, and hatred of cheese. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless, devout population of 16.936 billion Mirkonites are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded morass — is primarily concerned with Defense, with Environment, Spirituality, and Healthcare also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bahmedag. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Mirkonite economy, worth a remarkable 7,665 trillion theirs a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, highly specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is an amazing 452,621 theirs, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Drug lords often avoid prison time by teaching "chemistry" classes to underprivileged youth, boys are forced to pair off for the school disco slow dance as the girls are all staying at home, the nation has an international reputation for compassion, and judicial robes are the country's hottest fashion trend. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Merconitonitopia's national animal is the dove, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Merconitonitopia is ranked 914th in the world and 20th in The North Pacific for Highest Economic Output, with 7,665 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 11thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13thMost Primitive: 13thMost Devout: 21stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 24thMost Ignorant Citizens: 32ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 36thBest Weather: 43rdHighest Poor Incomes: 93rdMost Subsidized Industry: 102ndMost Beautiful Environments: 102ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 104thLargest Black Market: 119thMost Corrupt Governments: 141stHighest Average Tax Rates: 178thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 231stLargest Governments: 235thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 251stMost Influential: 266thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 333rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 440thHighest Average Incomes: 482ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 546thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 547thLongest Average Lifespans: 552ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 833rdHighest Economic Output: 914thLowest Crime Rates: 1,033rdMost Armed: 1,280thMost Efficient Economies: 1,397thMost Cultured: 1,681stHealthiest Citizens: 1,732ndTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 5,403rdRudest Citizens: 6,357thNudest: 6,660thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,106thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,891stMost Income Equality: 9,833rdTop
Largest Populations: 12,674thMost Conservative: 17,473rd
Largest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionBest Weather: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 8th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 9th in the regionLargest Governments: 10th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 15th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 20th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 20th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 23rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 31st in the regionMost Armed: 38th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 40th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 56th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 58th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 81st in the regionMost Influential: 82nd in the regionMost Cultured: 83rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 91st in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 110th in the regionNudest: 249th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 267th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 267th in the regionLargest Populations: 270th in the regionRudest Citizens: 337th in the regionMost Income Equality: 462nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 480th in the regionTop
Most Conservative: 853rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Merconitonitopia, judicial robes are the country's hottest fashion trend.
  • : Following new legislation in Merconitonitopia, the nation has an international reputation for compassion.
  • : Following new legislation in Merconitonitopia, boys are forced to pair off for the school disco slow dance as the girls are all staying at home.
  • : Merconitonitopia was endorsed by The Silver Crown of Nyock.
  • : Merconitonitopia was endorsed by The Holy Empire of Antonimus.
  • : Merconitonitopia was endorsed by The Empire of Teothopia.
  • : Merconitonitopia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Following new legislation in Merconitonitopia, drug lords often avoid prison time by teaching "chemistry" classes to underprivileged youth.
  • : Following new legislation in Merconitonitopia, women wearing male lounge-wear are quizzed for hours by mental health practitioners.
  • : Following new legislation in Merconitonitopia, school lessons are constantly interrupted by 'teacher needs a break' time.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 537 » Guer Aike, Yaorozu, The Rhein States, Runeda, Territorio di Nessuno, Corfad, Koda-Land, Dreadton, Dar es Saalam, Viridiann, Sil Dorsett, North Bratislava, Notyoutopia, Zyvetskistaahn, Shibutani, Manticore utopia, Zokk, East Supple Lund, Walter Jackson, Partax, Arimbia, Chukstik Illahi, Newpromisedland, Aetulia, Siwale, The Tampa Bay Rays, Loutsland, Wilkshire, Seenvorland, Glurponia, Karazan, Azzarel, McMasterdonia, Vincone Cae, El Fiji Grande, Ravendi, United States of Americanas, Advancia-Sizzletown, Anungu, Aeurithianar, Ethnon, 5 kingdoms of Britannia, Sunto, Antiyard, Tachycardia, Abiswashyo-bhumi, Kranostav, Pallaith, Empy, Ataraxia Somnia, and 487 others.Aeolist, Altivia, Daiz, Holy Oranz, Frances Francis the First of France, Wineclaw, Orado, Alice Gardens, 1 very fast endotarter, Selfgradatude, Great Bights Mum, Esplandia, The Iron Lions, Yukti, Necromonia, Gnomewatchers, The Windmilluminati, Vexilia, Steampunk Ariel, Gurou, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Destructive Government Endorsing System, Valentine Z, Fendlium, Soviet Terran, Volstokn, Shadowrik, Napnomadia, Keventle, Hamerica, United Kahndaq, Free Culture, PotatoFarmers, Jovian Knights, Eraver, SORT, Central Ryal, Unsophisticate, Miamington, Alamei, Fascist Democracy, Solmetria, Pleroma Sans Romans, Nordic-British Union, Clan Spaniel, Khoik, Freyford, Conservative State of Poland, The Sinclarian Provinces, Zecit, Itallitopia, Montarc, Panama Coalition, Lucedeia, New Lakemba, Nova Arcania, Singamadri, Cloydicia, Malta Comino Gozo, Vesuva, The Austro Germanic Union, Old Emporia, David Davidson, Supreme Leader Hadrian, Detrivania, Newam, Ice and Tinian, Grue, Kappacon, Rumagna, Lorigia, Quentiam Viventem, Pradovnia, Marmiedon, United States of Medford, LostLegion, The English Alliance, TJUN-ia, Godwanna, Independent Halls, Humptalumpta, BrightFutures, Phoronu, Cinnibar, North Armatas, Diodone, Orenmark, Lemonbiscuits, Zupla, Nationeer, Blackphir, Drutopia Insomnia, Zixu, Potatolandium, Tarr-Nation, Moubarakistan, Omnistria, Dicko, Xagill, Ivy Rekkia, Maott, United Asgardian States, Velon, Universal State Formula, Arquadea, Ausnakulia, Yokciq Empire, Dakota Territories, AAA Provisional Empire, The Stratosphere Islands, Wooleystan, The Endless Eventide, Votak Matim, Joodey, KhalChicken, Leonfire, Xyrron, The Lancerian Empire, Vivanco, Prevaland, New Trisone, Xentherida, Nisastria, Nistriabar, Varola, Unshleepd, Free Nation of Hong Kong, The Pantheons, Korovan Isles, Xatin, Zeternia, Astronomical, The Serdey Islands, Greater Pittsburgh, Prydania, Sikol, Paul Pasch, East Akra, TLTland, Zzozona, Timothea, Libertania Democratica, Fluffy Noodles, I Like Killing people, Former English Colony, Sevinland, The Calabash Protectorate, Texas States, Brucklania, Mimia, Innocentic, Seanat, Simone Republic, Dangine, Lux Conos, Highton Islands, Unimaginable Doom, R libanon, Madjack, Zemper Macro, Xipher, Kragsgale, Picairn, Amerian States, Illusia and Neverendia, Eastern Cous Empria, Heilhum Imperius, Draconian Progression, The Canadian Peoples Republic, Harjad, Cartures, Aerilia, Cretox State, Morover, Aruvicion, Outer Shenendoah, Karakalpak Republic, Chips and Guac, Guyomartand, Lulubellia, Hardscrabble, Republica Guilleana, Porotia, Animu Place, WeKnow, Pigeonstan, South Baba, Solphine, Rainengrad, The Bikini Bottom Republic, The Peoples Republic of Kyle, Ramiru, A Ordem do Caos, North Unity, Multius, Neo Cheese Empire, Blahcostan, Liminyj, Bend Mai, Daerlan, Gainesixtan, Eywaan, Democratie, Orogonia, African-Empire, Intion North, The Great Imperial Roman Empire, Tunofferia, Caselpania, Colonies of Free Temeria, Solcius, Batatoland Empire, The Papal Catholic States, Imperial Pieserged, Gendirt, Ocharckia, TyGerria, The Bureaucratic Territories, Florida Palms, Bueszqostan, Ardretia, The True Frog, Drentusa, DIMAnism, Asooka, Chadinton, Yellops, Sattelbach, Mouva Crishia, United Island States of Southeast Asia, A Salmon Named Harold, Navorden, Kamohoalii, Kim Da-mi, Zimmerdachen, Arrivederci, Grieslhiem, Changjo, Holy Empire of Greater Bavaria, Aingard, AverageJoevlania, Keurig Machines, Ibarkla, Andanavia, Toopaka, Visse, Fran Advar, Austrian Confederacy, Pytong, The Democratic Kingdom Of Skaraborg, Figyjharli, Venicea, Nodnarb, Konolas, Testnation223, West Zebrupco Bageropirex, Bankowiata, Northwest Zedonia, Pasargad, Dejure, Harmonypine, Brsil, Xanatosi, Ozstan, Desvios, Inspiratus, The Vistula, Shinjuku tokyo 0, Wodan, Railroad Crossing, Slyakanya, Odelinor, Ellbonnia, Tvers, Strongwill, The Pleiads, Neo Madras, Nuronte, Seijitsu, Climeria, New Michag, Blyskalia, Zabacuz, Knowmare, Loungdako, Galbadiana, Gafflebag, Svenskskit, Bharathvarsh, Star Kingdom, His Enduring Majesty, Kyruev, Joevala, Muqatil, Darkmondoria, Morgul, Planes, The Mazur Empire, The AnCap Pirate Utopia, Sachi, Ravenhood, Wisconsota, Paradeavenlisian States, AGoodPlace, Pinguioris, Vesteysia, The Republic of Free Peoples, Felora, Francois Isidore, Valgarda, Svenskan, Zemnaya Svoboda, Folenz, Wapistan, Aidiarnia, Communist Lukania, New Celoveniortan, Travislavania, Weeeest viiiiirginiaaaa, Siforpeo, Kromi, Tyirza, ForestMythal, Super Girl, Tringapore, Yeet Nationss, Aryan Homeland, Jaxikistan, Qurtuba, Belin Antenia, Perikuresu, Mon Island, Mardessa, Defense For The World Assembly, Sounq, Ilmatil, Britle, Tsandonown, Korean-Joseon, Libvillia, Ariele, Greater Ale Permars, Fraystonia, Lovarpia, Laurendon, Randomcountryland, The Cold Northern North, Eternal Dominion, Vyata Temor, Arquan, Progressitalia, Liberatarian States, Rising Sakura, Northern Socialist Council Republics, Ayuzhhhhh, RetroBeaners, Vene Gra, Card Kingdom, Cornwallis Bay, Obelias, Laxoimia, PlanetMercury, Kerabotsos, Alissatopia, The Kingdom of Gamblers, Chiho, Svandammen, Sudestasia, Lemsrow, Verderiesdre, Socialist People of Redondo Mundo, Kooderpictokingratch, Liberum Hibernia, Duryanistan, Erisoria, Gambierland, Neopie, The Autonomous Soviet Socialist Bavaria, Grenede, Canineia, Malikhabar, Pizzerelia, Novremia, The Republic of Maltaland, Amadora Oeste, Papahania, Expere Fiyans, Imperial Sers, Dacian Freelands, Technocratic-european Countries, New Bedre, Tollonie, AmManies, Atlunartemis, Sahbido, Exkosia, The Executive, Saint Christinium, Russian Peoples Union, Amderlask, Nikhilesh23, Capablanca, The Queens Crusaders, Salish-Cascadia, Easiest, German Spitsbergen, Stron Doshia, United Republic of Free States, Nuestra Vida, Deseret-Moronia, Katuda, High Albania, BohemiaIV, USSRITWILLWORK, Enfindania, WhoHateeta, Veritynista, Sanavolea, Impel Down, Federal Republic of Genosha, Just Vibin, Rinadia, Hazarium, Corsithia, Allevania, Arson pog, Northern Roman Republic, The Union of Rwanda, Sol Norcustt, LWAZI, Theriyon Empire, Palisede, Irongirong, Tamarvand, Apscorren, San Felipe, The Navy Blue, Apollo Park, Commoterre, Garnet Liberty, Sopernia, Soleha, Phaerra, Visdenburg, San Vino, Upper Libertatem, North Arkana, East Wushen, Ardenstania, KillerKahn, Morcusa Clicanskaukk, Arthyia, Bearical, Mitropola, Erowo, Shotokonia, New Feltre, Kristalmaan, Democatic Donkeys, Lionia, Nation1812, Sahriastan, Alzaran, British-Australia, Tespaka, The Blazeland Administration, Logovets, Higher Cascadia, Odasck, SAntAnAcA, Tibus Heth, Cereskia, Nimarya, Pazair, Klodma, Que Lukustinardon, United Soviet State of North Amerika, Anonim, Zapiron, Praeceps, Palgo, Dabarastan, Capitista, Toilet Man, Teothopia, Antonimus, and Nyock.

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