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The Senate and People of Mercunova

“Etiam si omnes ego non”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
World Benchmark
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Negotiator

Location: The Confederacy of Free Nations

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Mercunova

Population7.407 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 notable for its deadly medical pandemics, sprawling nuclear power plants, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 7.407 billion Mercunovites hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The minute, liberal government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Education, with Environment, Law & Order, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality and International Aid aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pittsburgh. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 3.1%.

The powerhouse Mercunovan economy, worth 832 trillion Denarii a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Pizza Delivery. Average income is an impressive 112,333 Denarii, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 319,792 per year while the poor average 31,483, a ratio of 10.2 to 1.

The standardised national curriculum requires that all-male classes be taught why they have periods, politicians are fired for opening subjective statements with "I believe", criminals lock themselves in their mums' basements to avoid prison, and the volume of paperwork used to complete a single environmental assessment defeats the purpose. Crime, especially youth-related, is a major 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 17,184th in the world and 24th in The Confederacy of Free Nations for Highest Economic Output, with 832 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 853rdTop
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,030thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,247thHighest Drug Use: 2,432ndLargest Retail Industry: 2,678thMost Influential: 2,980thFattest Citizens: 3,731stHighest Crime Rates: 3,767thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,186thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,157thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,986thTop
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 8,516thMost Armed: 9,228thLargest Gambling Industry: 9,942ndMost Inclusive: 11,085thRudest Citizens: 13,179thLargest Insurance Industry: 13,679thMost Cultured: 14,055thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,759th
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Armed: 5th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 6th in the region

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