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The Oriental Empire of Merlovich

“HuŠngdž wŗnsuž!”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The East Pacific



Population746 million


CurrencyTousunai Dollar
AnimalRed Panda

The Oriental Empire of Merlovich is a huge, cultured nation, remarkable for its frequent executions, infamous sell-swords, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 746 million Merlovichans have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government prioritizes Defense, with Education, Law & Order, and Industry also on the agenda, while Spirituality and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tousunai. The average income tax rate is 54.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Merlovichian economy, worth 94.0 trillion Tousunai Dollars a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Trout Farming. Average income is an impressive 125,980 Tousunai Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.3 times as much as the poorest.

The diplomatic corps tends to open negotiations by insulting all the foreigners in the room, Merlovich is notorious for its citizens' infidelity, many friends and relatives of Leader have been given ambassador jobs in tropical island nations, and criminals are put to death while cuddling their favourite teddy bear. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Merlovich's national animal is the Red Panda, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Merlovich is ranked 153,133rd in the world and 7,013th in The East Pacific for Most Extreme, scoring 6.32 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 608thTop
Most Influential: 1,875thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,552ndRudest Citizens: 5,786thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,009thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 10,222ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,474thMost Corrupt Governments: 15,401stMost Developed: 15,702ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,240thMost Efficient Economies: 16,497th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 38th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 124th in the regionRudest Citizens: 155th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 182nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 233rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 276th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 282nd in the regionTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 404th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 408th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 411th in the regionMost Average: 456th in the regionMost Developed: 480th in the regionMost Armed: 497th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 502nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 520th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 540th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 567th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 569th in the regionLargest Governments: 593rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 593rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 680th in the region

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World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 187 » The Sacred Whale, Wiranath, Dreamersistan, The Almighty Country, Fedele, Squid Ruinosa, VoyKovie, Socialist Holy American Empire, A Slanted Black Stripe, Drunken Seal Islands, Boal Pey Sovelogland, Areast, Unger under over, Illen Falis, H-Zhena, The Underwood Industrial Empire, Kampf Empire, New Arion Pean, Bacon Land, Brotherland, Servants of Gizmo, Aeneas Prime, Goodnamesarerare, Southern Yugoslavia, Rhealaliit, Elejamie, Bai Lung, Biggstonia, Ribanzi, Ver Norge, Kaigi, Ye Olde Country of Yore, Outer Verron Swicia Islands, Am Echad, Lanagon, Kagorg Bra Corna, ReeK, The Holy Empire of Moronica, Thyaclinia, Akorial, Harapan, Headpat Central, Greater New Islew, Birdbow, Axdel, Aelitia, Harro Waarudho, Hizuru, Roissyland, Free sovereign Soviet socialist republic, and 137 others.Reformed Mankind Institutes, Jimboland, Squarist Republic of Squaria, Skandinavistan, Mundiferrum, British Calradia, Danesopia, Blazing Samaritan, Kervewth, Bons Boofer, Aristortia, United China Nation, Danelaw Scandinavia, Shinnokawa, Ciggie Smallistan, The Happian Union, Marrico, Endertopias, Cantonese Union, Midwestern States of USA, Marcoz0, Mogambotopia, Republic of Berzerkistan, Someseni, The Romanum Legio, Norjis, Kucia, Fraxhemark, Fanderia, The Empire of Rijelv, Federated States of Zootron, Tim Stark, Aden Dimities, Wizardonia, Actoperma, Bytes, Elsweyr Land, Peatiktist, Furnifold, Solestia, Peoples United Republic of Exumis, Arkantis, FreedomDive, Bullpups, Wendelandia, Survivoristan, Redfoos Irrelevancy, The New Wisconsin Empire, Pakitsk, Adavan, Dragonia, Elkenian, Nysa Arcadia, New Taranaki, Slys Paws, CopyCato, VW53Aland, Sansangra, Chols Worithopia, Asendavia, Davelands, Gorbastan, Enlil, Davinhia, Osterreich und Ungarn, New Leganes, Bortalandet, Kriov, Yumaka, Not Sealand, Lejon Stad, Imperial Akatsuki, The All Male Hot Tub, Sericena, TURKEYISM, Froplondia, Calcestruzzo, Choushuu, Federal Unity, Roliganistan, NORVORNIA, Yutogolan, Mer Dieu, Sadinata, Janoobi Jazair, Neruch, Splena, Khurn Empire, Allanzo, The Solar Ottomans, Shantan, The Earth Systems Alliance, La Isla Nueva, Ostronesia, Impia Aghte, Ming-Qing, Layngderfleethe, Mobumasu, Free Peoples Republic of Sandir, Arkhadimia, Pightinbotanoffen, Betremia, Oskoldia, Our Gods, The Soviet Space Commie Union, Kublam, Ravendi, Just Vale 2, Urimel, Pixeltopia, East Malaysia, Ellsonian Dominion, Gemookul, Solarfall, Fernaldepah, Bachtendekuppen, Sonictopia, Riveraland, Nhiteria, Eastern Hyront Scasssen, Adolanta, Xobalon, Amjedia, Restoration of Eastern Kaiserreich, Veron, New Haverland, Bilanda, The Angel of Charity, Slui, Indymerica, Germansberg, Catiania, Sterianiha, Yaguo, The Holy Utopian Republic, Babcocia, and Talitoa.

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