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The Unified Empire of Mersdon

“Forwards Towards the Guns!” Emperor Willem van Oranje

Category: Left-Leaning College State
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The Free Nations Region

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Mersdon

Population5.554 billion

CapitalBenedict-on-Sea
LeaderEmperor Willem van Oranje
FaithMersidonian Saints-Worship

CurrencyBlue-Guldenmark
Animalchicken

The Unified Empire of Mersdon is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Willem van Oranje with an even hand, and notable for its vat-grown people, rampant corporate plagiarism, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, cheerful population of 5.554 billion Mersidonians enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Benedict-on-Sea. The average income tax rate is 98.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Mersidonian economy, worth a remarkable 1,186 trillion Blue-Guldenmarks a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 213,612 Blue-Guldenmarks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

More than one company makes the board game Monopoly, the state considers itself the 'third parent' of every child in the nation, the government prides itself on being smug and condescending to idiots, and politicians constantly ring their voters to remind them how good a job they're doing. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Mersdon's national animal is the chicken, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Mersidonian Saints-Worship.

Mersdon is ranked 218,961st in the world and 508th in The Free Nations Region for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -672.11 on the Hayek Index.

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Most Developed: 1,079thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,250thHealthiest Citizens: 1,260thBest Weather: 1,276thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,314thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,420thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,507thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,542ndNicest Citizens: 1,631stMost Cultured: 1,711thMost Inclusive: 1,750thLowest Crime Rates: 1,846thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,021stSmartest Citizens: 2,038thLargest Governments: 2,050thSafest: 2,102ndTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,245thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,646thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,673rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,757thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,993rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,084thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,332ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,920thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,062ndHighest Poor Incomes: 4,418thRudest Citizens: 4,642ndHighest Average Incomes: 5,254thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,408thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,782ndMost Efficient Economies: 6,158thMost Pacifist: 6,207thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,600thMost Secular: 8,956thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,023rdTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,931stMost Subsidized Industry: 13,084thMost Influential: 13,245thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,719thHighest Economic Output: 14,239thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 18,574th
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Most Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Inclusive: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 5th in the regionNicest Citizens: 5th in the regionSafest: 5th in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 9th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 10th in the regionRudest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 11th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 11th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 11th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 15th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 30th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 31st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 32nd in the regionMost Secular: 32nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 32nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 33rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 34th in the regionLargest Populations: 41st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 41st in the regionNudest: 44th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Mersdon voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Ever-Wandering Souls".
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, politicians constantly ring their voters to remind them how good a job they're doing.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, the government prides itself on being smug and condescending to idiots.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, the state considers itself the 'third parent' of every child in the nation.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, more than one company makes the board game Monopoly.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, family isn't who you're born with but who you abandon in foreign countries.
  • : Mersdon voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Pedagogical Freedom".
  • : Mersdon voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate Syria".
  • : Mersdon was endorsed by The Constitutional monarchy of Phoenician State.
  • : Mersdon voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commercial Arbitration Recognition".

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