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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,575thMost Secular: 5,385thMost Influential: 6,024th
The Principality of
Democratic Socialists
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Merkez

Population1.784 billion

CapitalMerkez

CurrencyGold Coin
AnimalPanda

The Principality of Merkez is a massive, safe nation, notable for its museums and concert halls, prohibition of alcohol, and hatred of cheese. The compassionate population of 1.784 billion Merkezians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — prioritizes Education, with Environment, Administration, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Merkez. The average income tax rate is 85.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Merkezian economy, worth 112 trillion Gold Coins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. Average income is 63,216 Gold Coins, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Commuters are denied boarding for attempting to bring packed lunches onto trains, former stunt pilots are unable to pass the licence test to fly a drone, it is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma, and Leader's iHouse is so intelligent that it manages its own social media accounts. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Merkez's national animal is the Panda, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Merkez is ranked 190,170th in the world and 3,877th in The East Pacific for Largest Black Market, with 32.6 billion Standard Monetary Units.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,575thMost Secular: 5,385thMost Influential: 6,024thSafest: 6,385thMost Pacifist: 7,196thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8,903rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,000thMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,009thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,596thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,504thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,559thMost Compassionate Citizens: 12,010thBest Weather: 12,041stTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 12,976thNicest Citizens: 13,200thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,566thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,845thMost Inclusive: 15,605thLargest Welfare Programs: 15,623rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,319thLowest Crime Rates: 16,833rdMost Income Equality: 17,456thLongest Average Lifespans: 17,660thHealthiest Citizens: 19,242ndSmartest Citizens: 20,322nd
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Most Secular: 175th in the regionSafest: 211th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 225th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 229th in the regionMost Pacifist: 246th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 283rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 292nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 332nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 369th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 375th in the regionBest Weather: 394th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 395th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 397th in the regionNicest Citizens: 436th in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 448th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 461st in the regionMost Influential: 470th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 479th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 503rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 509th in the regionMost Inclusive: 521st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 552nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 574th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 589th in the regionLargest Governments: 736th in the regionMost Cultured: 736th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 747th in the regionMost Income Equality: 812th in the region

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