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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 56thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 70thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 108th
The Ostentatious Grand Duchy of
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Markreich

Population37.077 billion

CapitalOld Markburg
LeaderMark
FaithThe Old Believers

CurrencyMark
AnimalNeon Tetra

The Ostentatious Grand Duchy of Markreich is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Mark with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, pith helmet sales, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 37.077 billion Markreichians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The minute, outspoken government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Old Markburg. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Markreichian economy, worth an astonishing 15,022 trillion Marks a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an amazing 405,175 Marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.4 times as much as the poorest.

Babies are a small but significant export, exorbitant spending on icebreakers breaks the ice at every budget meeting, major cities run on potato batteries, and fur coats have become the latest fashion trend. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Markreich's national animal is the Neon Tetra, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Old Believers.

Markreich is ranked 11,575th in the world and 1st in The Village for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 1,616.76 Tourists Per Hour.

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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 56thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 70thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 108thLargest Agricultural Sector: 116thMost Stationary: 118thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 148thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 163rdHighest Economic Output: 178thLargest Publishing Industry: 199thHighest Disposable Incomes: 246thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 532ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 544thMost Cultured: 551stMost Armed: 682ndLargest Populations: 743rdHighest Average Incomes: 744thMost Efficient Economies: 800thLargest Gambling Industry: 811thRudest Citizens: 868thMost Cheerful Citizens: 937thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,024thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,050thSmartest Citizens: 1,059thMost Devout: 1,257thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,394thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,402ndLargest Retail Industry: 2,027thTop
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Most Developed: 2,871stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,460thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5,337thMost Influential: 6,453rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,859thMost Inclusive: 7,366thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,442ndSafest: 7,626thLargest Mining Sector: 10,563rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,575thTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 15,423rdMost Beautiful Environments: 15,969thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,956thLongest Average Lifespans: 20,398thLowest Crime Rates: 20,725th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, fur coats have become the latest fashion trend.
  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, major cities run on potato batteries.
  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, exorbitant spending on icebreakers breaks the ice at every budget meeting.
  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, babies are a small but significant export.
  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, enemy navies sail within bombardment range of major coastal cities with impunity.
  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, the horniness of the great-horned Neon Tetra is considered a national priority.
  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, on-call doctors who check their pagers during movies are banned from cinemas for life.
  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, Mark's told that love often manifests itself through homicidal four-lettered litanies.
  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, vital intelligence-gathering activities are put on hold as agents return home for seduction training and advanced poker instruction.
  • : Following new legislation in Markreich, manufacturers of biodegradable plastics have to wait for months to show evidence of organic decomposition.

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