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.
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.
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