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The Republic of Mirza

“Free and Equal in Dignity and Rights”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
World Benchmark
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific



Population2.29 billion

LeaderConnor Hall


The Republic of Mirza is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Connor Hall with a fair hand, and renowned for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, daily referendums, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 2.29 billion Mirzans hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Oakland. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 52.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Mirzan economy, worth 318 trillion dollars a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 138,996 dollars, with the richest citizens earning 6.3 times as much as the poorest.

Seven-year-olds debate for weeks on the merits of the Oxford comma, armed war-criminals gain asylum if deemed 'fabulous' enough, primetime re-runs of The Black and White Minstrel Show are a critical hit, and therapists can always squeeze in another house-call. Crime is totally unknown. Mirza's national animal is the crab, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Mirza is ranked 108,022nd in the world and 4,469th in the South Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 959.14 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Rudest Citizens: 2,161stLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,104thLargest Retail Industry: 3,217thMost Influential: 5,386thSafest: 5,726thMost Inclusive: 5,962ndMost Efficient Economies: 7,681stMost Pacifist: 8,445thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,771stLargest Publishing Industry: 9,038thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,141stLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,338thNicest Citizens: 9,450thNudest: 9,549thMost Developed: 9,987thMost Secular: 10,056thSmartest Citizens: 10,157thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 10,975thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,006thMost Politically Free: 13,795thHealthiest Citizens: 13,823rdMost Rebellious Youth: 14,289thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,549thHighest Average Incomes: 16,125thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 16,586thLongest Average Lifespans: 16,876thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,956thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,044thBest Weather: 17,254thHighest Disposable Incomes: 18,820thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18,952ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 20,530th
Rudest Citizens: 80th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 98th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 110th in the regionMost Politically Free: 174th in the regionSafest: 193rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 210th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 220th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 247th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 289th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 291st in the regionMost Developed: 294th in the regionNudest: 299th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 309th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 314th in the regionMost Pacifist: 322nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 328th in the regionNicest Citizens: 329th in the regionMost Secular: 354th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 373rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 376th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 381st in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 437th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 449th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 458th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 523rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 528th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 533rd in the regionMost Influential: 582nd in the regionBest Weather: 598th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 618th in the regionLargest Governments: 624th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 654th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 679th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 680th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Mirza changed its national capital to "Oakland".
  • : Mirza changed its national capital to "Portsmouth".
  • : Mirza was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Mirza was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Mirza was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Drug Use.
  • : Mirza was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Mirza was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Politically Free and the Top 10% for Highest Drug Use.
  • : Mirza was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Mirza was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Rudest Citizens and the Top 10% for Largest Governments.
  • : Mirza was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Smartest Citizens and Most Developed and the Top 10% for Most Extensive Public Healthcare and Most Eco-Friendly Governments.


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