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The Serene Sanctuary of The Holy Principality of Saint Mark

The Holy Principality of Saint Mark was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 302

“Voluntatem tuam, Domine, non est meum”

Category: Corporate Bordello
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Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: the West Pacific


The Holy Principality of Saint Mark

Population9.412 billion

CapitalSanctus Leo
LeaderHis Serene Highness Prince Marcarius


The Serene Sanctuary of The Holy Principality of Saint Mark is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by His Serene Highness Prince Marcarius with a fair hand, and renowned for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, zero percent divorce rate, and daily referendums. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 9.412 billion Saint Markians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The relatively small government is primarily concerned with Education, although Environment, Spirituality, and Industry are also considered important, while Social Policy and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sanctus Leo. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 45.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Saint Markian economy, worth a remarkable 2,923 trillion Marks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 310,666 Marks, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,636,500 per year while the poor average 31,427, a ratio of 52.1 to 1.

The nation grinds to a halt for afternoon tea, fifty years of pension funds can disappear in half a second, the nation's most "productive" diamond mine hasn't been operational for seven months, and there's a hole in the heart of every Saint Markian city. Crime is totally unknown. The Holy Principality of Saint Mark's national animal is the Lion, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Christianity.

The Holy Principality of Saint Mark is ranked 2,951st in the world and 62nd in the West Pacific for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 2,263.42 Tourists Per Hour.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 157thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 272ndMost Devout: 356thMost Influential: 425thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 784thMost Cultured: 1,149thRudest Citizens: 1,172ndLargest Retail Industry: 1,714thHighest Average Incomes: 1,765thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,775thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,975thTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,360thSmartest Citizens: 2,412thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,503rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,584thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,651stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,951stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3,043rdMost Efficient Economies: 3,087thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,714thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,142ndLargest Governments: 4,234thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,303rdHighest Economic Output: 4,459thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,771stLowest Crime Rates: 5,661stMost Advanced Public Education: 5,857thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,107thMost Developed: 6,696thLargest Agricultural Sector: 6,730thMost Pacifist: 9,297thNicest Citizens: 9,337thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,906thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,960thTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 11,225thLargest Mining Sector: 14,969thMost Compassionate Citizens: 17,354thSafest: 17,771stMost Subsidized Industry: 17,961stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 18,775th
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 7th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 8th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Cultured: 23rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 31st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 42nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 45th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 47th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 47th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 48th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 50th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 58th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 59th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 59th in the regionTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 62nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 71st in the regionLargest Governments: 77th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 78th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 81st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 83rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 93rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 96th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 100th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 124th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 138th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 144th in the regionMost Developed: 156th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 157th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 177th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 187th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 197th in the regionLargest Populations: 227th in the regionNicest Citizens: 235th in the regionMost Pacifist: 273rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 285th in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 303rd in the regionMost Stationary: 419th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 436th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 458th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 485th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 499th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 503rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 528th in the regionSafest: 529th in the region

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