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The Oriental Empire of Merlovich

“HuŠngdž wŗnsuž!”

Category: Moralistic Democracy
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The East Pacific



Population1.119 billion

LeaderEmpress Zetian

CurrencyTousunai Dollar
AnimalRed Panda

The Oriental Empire of Merlovich is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Empress Zetian with an even hand, and remarkable for its avowedly heterosexual populace, frequent executions, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 1.119 billion Merlovichans are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, corrupt government prioritizes Defense, with Education, Industry, and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tousunai. The average income tax rate is 71.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Merlovichian economy, worth 160 trillion Tousunai Dollars a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 143,715 Tousunai Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.8 times as much as the poorest.

Breast milk is being redistributed from each according to their ability to each according to their need, reporters sent to cover suspected UFO visits come back with stories about quilting bees, the legislature keeps promising "more study" of corruption allegations against the parliamentary whip system, and the dead fish in the national rivers aren't decomposing because even bacteria can't survive the levels of toxicity. 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 teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Chi-Mun.

Merlovich is ranked 18,427th in the world and 513th in The East Pacific for Smartest Citizens, with 64.44 Quips Per Hour.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 785thMost Influential: 1,209thTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,086thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,284thRudest Citizens: 6,799thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,623rdTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 8,825thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,037thLargest Retail Industry: 9,163rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,424thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,491stMost Efficient Economies: 11,266thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,016thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,377thHighest Average Incomes: 14,272ndLargest Governments: 14,872ndLowest Crime Rates: 15,172ndMost Developed: 16,426th
Most Influential: 44th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 44th in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 124th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 125th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 163rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 176th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 196th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 204th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 215th in the regionLargest Black Market: 263rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 267th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 279th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 284th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 293rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 296th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 360th in the regionLargest Governments: 379th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 398th in the regionMost Developed: 481st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 486th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 489th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 499th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 513th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 527th in the regionMost Armed: 569th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 579th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 620th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 654th in the regionMost Cultured: 661st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 672nd in the region

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Endorsements Received: 183 » The Sacred Whale, Wiranath, Dreamersistan, The Almighty Country, Fedele, Squid Ruinosa, Socialist Holy American Empire, A Slanted Black Stripe, Drunken Seal Islands, 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, 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, Reformed Mankind Institutes, Squarist Republic of Squaria, Skandinavistan, and 133 others.Mundiferrum, British Calradia, Danesopia, Blazing Samaritan, Bons Boofer, Aristortia, United China Nation, Danelaw Scandinavia, Shinnokawa, Ciggie Smallistan, The Happian Union, Marrico, Endertopias, Cantonese Union, Midwestern States of USA, Republic of Berzerkistan, Someseni, The Romanum Legio, Norjis, Kucia, Fraxhemark, Fanderia, The Empire of Rijelv, Federated States of Zootron, Tim Stark, Wizardonia, Bytes, Elsweyr Land, Peatiktist, Furnifold, Solestia, Arkantis, 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, Lejon Stad, Imperial Akatsuki, Sericena, TURKEYISM, Froplondia, Calcestruzzo, Choushuu, Federal Unity, Roliganistan, Yutogolan, Mer Dieu, Sadinata, Janoobi Jazair, Neruch, Splena, Khurn Empire, The Solar Ottomans, Shantan, The Earth Systems Alliance, La Isla Nueva, Ostronesia, Impia Aghte, Layngderfleethe, Mobumasu, Free Peoples Republic of Sandir, Pightinbotanoffen, Betremia, Oskoldia, Our Gods, The Soviet Space Commie Union, Kublam, Ravendi, Just Vale 2, Urimel, East Malaysia, Ellsonian Dominion, Gemookul, Solarfall, Bachtendekuppen, Sonictopia, Riveraland, Eastern Hyront Scasssen, Adolanta, Xobalon, Amjedia, Restoration of Eastern Kaiserreich, The Angel of Charity, Slui, Sterianiha, The Holy Utopian Republic, Babcocia, Talitoa, Cretalia, Norgsveldet, Ruso-Germania, Kilkire, BearStackof2015, The Arthirian Republic, Devlon, TheRuthenians, Ska Hydorordia, Shavara, Broengtopia, The United Asian Republics, Nova-Columbia, Mystic Forest, Astroa, Liberal Hungary, Thompstein, United Earth Republic, Union of Technocratic Republic, The Cult of the Great Cthulhu, Atlia Sonis, Walkerfort, and Sen Jast.

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