by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 548th Most Influential: 906th Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,419th
The Principality of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Peace and Justice
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population2.183 billion


The Principality of Mercandia is a massive, cultured nation, renowned for its public floggings, anti-smoking policies, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 2.183 billion Mercandians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. The average income tax rate is 22.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The strong Mercandian economy, worth 194 trillion marks a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 89,129 marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

New "Worker's Strike" laws set out who is allowed to strike a worker, the monarchy has returned to a simpler time when genitalia was the deciding factor of competence, country folk are sent to obligatory boarding schools to learn how to be civilized, and tourists call Mercandian beach towns "the fine coastline". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Mercandia's national animal is the fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Mercandia is ranked 34,986th in the world and 1,709th in The North Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 63.81 on the Human Development Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 548thMost Influential: 906thTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,419thBest Weather: 4,581stMost Beautiful Environments: 6,473rdMost Corrupt Governments: 8,214thTop
Most Authoritarian: 9,598thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,977thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,311thMost Conservative: 11,745thLowest Crime Rates: 11,862ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 12,065thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,384thHealthiest Citizens: 13,522ndLongest Average Lifespans: 14,435thHighest Disposable Incomes: 15,091stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,534th
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 144th in the regionBest Weather: 256th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 303rd in the regionMost Influential: 328th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 350th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 380th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 413th in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 450th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 473rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 550th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 555th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 601st in the regionMost Conservative: 669th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 696th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 701st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 724th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 731st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 792nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Mercandia, tourists call Mercandian beach towns "the fine coastline".
  • : Following new legislation in Mercandia, country folk are sent to obligatory boarding schools to learn how to be civilized.
  • : Following new legislation in Mercandia, the monarchy has returned to a simpler time when genitalia was the deciding factor of competence.
  • : Following new legislation in Mercandia, new "Worker's Strike" laws set out who is allowed to strike a worker.
  • : Mercandia endorsed The Republic of Parmovand.
  • : Mercandia was endorsed by The Republic of Parmovand.
  • : Mercandia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Mercandia, soldiers have a preference for fire-and-forget payloads.
  • : Following new legislation in Mercandia, jaywalking will put an end to a family tree.
  • : Following new legislation in Mercandia, invasive species are hunted by the gendarmerie.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 208 » Territorio di Nessuno, Shibutani, El Fiji Grande, Siwale, Corfad, Shin-Hachioji, Pallaith, The Rhein States, PlanetPunk, Yaorozu, Great Bights Mum, Sundred, Sunto, Kwaj, New Bremerton, Notyoutopia, Koda-Land, Dar es Saalam, Kyrianian, United Draconia, AGoodPlace, Abiswashyo-bhumi, Shadowrik, Zeternia, Malta Comino Gozo, Alice Gardens, Lemonbiscuits, Acrabinnia, The Gamer Party, Q w e r t y, Buckerino, Walter Jackson, Ibiscaton, Ice and Tinian, Lunallian, Elgaland-Vargaland, The Iron Lions, Zokk, Zupla, Selfgradatude, Yummy Blubber, Ethnon, New Lakemba, New Pruessen, ZimRobwe, Yukti, The Lucky but Unfortunate Wanderers, Holy Oranz, Ninjak30, The Serdey Islands, and 158 others.Sil Dorsett, Amerian States, Amestris-Britannia, Niradans, Arstungry, Amauri, Daiz, Frances Francis the First of France, Indiana Hoosier nation, Arimbia, Gurou, Dadastan Archipelago, Spartoptia, Aroa, Kulgatha, Wineclaw, Newpromisedland, Universal State Formula, Titanianapolis, Guyomartand, East Supple Lund, Central Ryal, Former English Colony, General COE, SORT, Blackphir, Vincone Cae, Democratic Peoples Republic of the US, The Teddy, Bonjoura, Valhalla123, Votak Matim, Sinelona, Wilkshire, North Bratislava, Kasazzastan, Omnistria, Wunderstrafanstalt, Cloydicia, Highton Islands, Kobagia, Diodone, Napnomadia, Bearical, Unsophisticate, Hong Kong Empire, Federation Terra Australis, Black Templares, Outer Egorniand, Empy, Dreadton, Xentherida, Zumlandia, The Windmilluminati, The South Falls, Maott, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Pasargad, Steraz, The Sinclarian Provinces, Alunya, Moubarakistan, Ainsworth, Ozstan, Atain, Ieprus, Guer Aike, Egalico, Solmetria, Torakuen, Joodey, Guslantis, Saturns Edge, Partax, Misuvelia, Zemnaya Svoboda, Orven, Jasminlandia, Steampunk Ariel, Plangainer, Sea Ghost, Trillius, Haor Chall, Unimaginable Doom, Victoriaans Nederlands, 1 very fast endotarter, Aratani, Ikea Rike, British Pacific Islands, Loutsland, Destructive Government Endorsing System, Noahs Second Country, Test for a new hope, Elder Realms, Antityranicals, GRANDE IMPERIO ORIENTAL PAGAO EUDUARDO, Constantinolia, Makersaulache, Glurponia, Xzavia-Hjar, Sockmanland, Utopicican, Great Javadwipa, Penrith, Brettenia, Runeda, San Xavier, Seenvorland, Concordare, The Tampa Bay Rays, Cuyan, Lindsaystan, Lanterkint, New Octicarg, Orado, Duerrlewang, McMasterdonia, The Stratosphere Islands, Wooleystan, Holy Marcus Empire, Racoda, Ostrolia, Esplandia, Potatolandium, Ponantine, Nguvu na Kiburi, New Phyrreus, Nakayo, Wisconsota, The Nation that will win Soops for 9003, Gnomewatchers, Potestasia, Kaschovia, Tamgu, Eteles, Francois Isidore, Prevaland, Avenged Sevenfoldia, Nothru Lerple, PotatoFarmers, Angshire, Miruma, Kranostav, Serendipita Martia, United Kahndaq, Loli County, Freyford, Clan Spaniel, Pazair, Aezus, United Western Federation, Viridiann, Tachycardia, Dabarastan, Zyvetskistaahn, Afcon, Opstan, and Parmovand.

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