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The Alliance of Smugglers and Mercs

“Fight until the end”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Hatchling

Location: 10000 Islands


Smugglers and Mercs

Population27.455 billion

CapitalSmugglers and Mercs City
Faitha major religion


The Alliance of Smugglers and Mercs is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by apemax with an even hand, and renowned for its daily referendums, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 27.455 billion Smugglers and Mercsians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Smugglers and Mercs City. The average income tax rate is 96.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Smugglers and Mercsian economy, worth a remarkable 3,956 trillion pounds a year, is extremely specialized and solely comprised of the Information Technology industry. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 144,096 pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Psychiatrists bizarrely accompany apemax to meetings with foreign heads of state, elderly citizens regularly buy posh multimillion-pound mansions, the "feminist protest" defence is increasingly common for cases of armed robbery, and census workers struggle to account for the rapidly increasing number of citizens to tabulate. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Smugglers and Mercs's national animal is the dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is a major religion.

Smugglers and Mercs is ranked 75th in the world and 4th in 10000 Islands for Most Developed, scoring 99.98 on the Human Development Index.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 57thHealthiest Citizens: 68thBest Weather: 70thMost Developed: 75thLongest Average Lifespans: 89thNicest Citizens: 148thMost Compassionate Citizens: 238thMost Beautiful Environments: 246thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 268thMost Inclusive: 278thMost Pacifist: 345thMost Cultured: 370thLeast Corrupt Governments: 487thSafest: 740thMost Rebellious Youth: 848thLowest Crime Rates: 1,277thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,312thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,412thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,449thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,728thSmartest Citizens: 1,828thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 2,260thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,340thHighest Economic Output: 2,685thLargest Populations: 2,728thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,014thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,068thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,733rdHighest Poor Incomes: 5,317thLargest Governments: 5,905thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,696thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 10,418thMost Secular: 12,078thHighest Average Incomes: 14,860thMost Income Equality: 17,171stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,717th
Most Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionNicest Citizens: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 7th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 8th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9th in the regionMost Cultured: 9th in the regionMost Pacifist: 12th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 13th in the regionSafest: 18th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 20th in the regionTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 22nd in the regionLargest Populations: 23rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 24th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 27th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 30th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 36th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 41st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 41st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 45th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 50th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 53rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 55th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 60th in the regionLargest Governments: 82nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 87th in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 108th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 163rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 176th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 192nd in the regionMost Secular: 199th in the region

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