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The Senate and People of Mercunova

“Etiam si omnes ego non”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Excessive
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Contender

Location: The Confederacy of Free Nations

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Mercunova

Population9.827 billion

CapitalPittsburgh
LeaderWilliam Weld and Chris Hadfield

CurrencyDenarius
AnimalGreat horned owl

The Senate and People of Mercunova is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by William Weld and Chris Hadfield with a fair hand, and renowned for its unlimited-speed roads, smutty television, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 9.827 billion Mercunovites hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The tiny, liberal government prioritizes Education, with Environment and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality and International Aid are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pittsburgh. The average income tax rate is 5.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Mercunovan economy, worth a remarkable 1,024 trillion Denarii a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Tourism, and Pizza Delivery. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 104,224 Denarii, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Wildlife have trouble navigating the electric fences surrounding national forests, diplomatic missions typically end with a flurry of childish insults, accusations and phlegm, sex education has become an intricate maze of stick figures and complex metaphors, and there's nothing more gay than bleeding for your nation. Crime, especially youth-related, is a serious problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Mercunova's national animal is the Great horned owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Mercunova is ranked 17,406th in the world and 4th in The Confederacy of Free Nations for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 7,062.29 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,116thHighest Drug Use: 1,975thTop
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Most Influential: 2,857thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,718thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,961stMost Rebellious Youth: 4,163rdLargest Retail Industry: 4,436thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5,354thFattest Citizens: 5,695thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,554thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,450thTop
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Most Inclusive: 11,572ndMost Cultured: 11,813thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,586thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,639thSmartest Citizens: 15,658thMost Stationary: 16,011thHighest Economic Output: 16,667thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 16,946thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,287thLargest Gambling Industry: 17,406thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20,121stMost Secular: 20,490thHighest Crime Rates: 22,466th
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the region

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