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The Senate and People of Mercunova

“Etiam si omnes ego non”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
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Regional Influence: Contender

Location: The Confederacy of Free Nations



Population9.355 billion

LeaderWilliam Weld and Chris Hadfield

AnimalGreat horned owl

The Senate and People of Mercunova is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by William Weld and Chris Hadfield with a fair hand, and remarkable for its unlimited-speed roads, sprawling nuclear power plants, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 9.355 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. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.2%.

The powerhouse Mercunovan economy, worth a remarkable 1,045 trillion Denarii a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Tourism, and Pizza Delivery. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 111,738 Denarii, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 319,456 per year while the poor average 31,131, a ratio of 10.3 to 1.

It's been a banner year for local vexillology, in musicals everybody's a little bit racist, citizens who use the word "Violet" incorrectly find their WhoTube content taken down, and wildlife have trouble navigating the electric fences surrounding national forests. 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 106,691st in the world and 32nd in The Confederacy of Free Nations for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 1,422.85 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,096thHighest Drug Use: 1,964thTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,758thMost Influential: 2,812thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,010thLargest Retail Industry: 3,876thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,210thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,356thHighest Crime Rates: 4,509thFattest Citizens: 4,971stHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,604thTop
Rudest Citizens: 10,553rdMost Inclusive: 11,271stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11,425thMost Cultured: 11,754thMost Armed: 12,488thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 14,027thLargest Gambling Industry: 14,215thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,375thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,626thSmartest Citizens: 15,371stHighest Economic Output: 16,043rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,514thMost Stationary: 16,598thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17,866thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 19,949thMost Secular: 19,975th
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionTop
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the region

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