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Most Influential: 2,287thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,213thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,962nd
The United Kingdom of
Father Knows Best State
For King, For Country, For Law
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Civil Rights
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Marie Byrd

Population3.652 billion

CapitalDeheubarth
LeaderKing Terrance
FaithChurch of Marie Byrd

CurrencyGrant Island Pound
AnimalPenguin

The United Kingdom of Marie Byrd is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by King Terrance with an iron fist, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 3.652 billion Marie Byrdians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Deheubarth. The average income tax rate is 59.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Marie Byrdian economy, worth 570 trillion Grant Island Pounds a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 156,224 Grant Island Pounds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.8 times as much as the poorest.

Colonials are offended to find a local animal has been re-named the 'Furry Four-Legged Marsupial Penguin', young adults still believe that Penguins deliver newborns to expecting parents, children asking questions about science are referred to relevant sections in religious texts, and teenagers haven't been seen outdoors since the nation reconnected to the Internet. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Marie Byrd's national animal is the Penguin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Church of Marie Byrd.

Marie Byrd is ranked 101,610th in the world and 195th in Thaecia for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 854.61 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Most Influential: 2,287thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,213thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,962ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,572ndMost Armed: 4,985thLargest Black Market: 5,719thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,021stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,297thLargest Mining Sector: 7,413thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,032ndLowest Crime Rates: 9,882ndTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 12,050thMost Cultured: 12,113thMost Developed: 12,155thHighest Average Incomes: 12,161stHealthiest Citizens: 12,220thLargest Agricultural Sector: 12,550thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,584thLargest Welfare Programs: 13,942ndMost Devout: 14,820thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,434thHighest Poor Incomes: 16,817thSmartest Citizens: 17,161stMost Advanced Public Education: 17,506thMost Inclusive: 17,907thLargest Governments: 18,831stMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,146thMost Efficient Economies: 20,323rd
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Largest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionMost Armed: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Black Market: 9th in the regionMost Influential: 12th in the regionTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 21st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 23rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 23rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 24th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 25th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 26th in the regionMost Devout: 27th in the regionMost Cultured: 31st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 32nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 35th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 36th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 38th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Marie Byrd was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Marie Byrd voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn ravana".
  • : Marie Byrd voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Peaceful First Contact".
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, teenagers haven't been seen outdoors since the nation reconnected to the Internet.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, children asking questions about science are referred to relevant sections in religious texts.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, young adults still believe that Penguins deliver newborns to expecting parents.
  • : Marie Byrd was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, colonials are offended to find a local animal has been re-named the 'Furry Four-Legged Marsupial Penguin'.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, airport announcements inform passengers that flights have been delayed because pilots are having afternoon naps.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, East Lebatuck tests its moon rovers in the barren wasteland of rural Marie Byrd.

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