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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 974thMost Influential: 1,973rdMost Armed: 3,530th
The Militariat Republic of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Unity and Freedom
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Merlovich

Population3.224 billion

CapitalMelbourne
LeaderAli MacKillop
FaithChristianity

CurrencyMerlovichan Dollar
AnimalKangaroo

The Militariat Republic of Merlovich is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Ali MacKillop with an even hand, and notable for its smutty television, compulsory military service, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 3.224 billion Merlovichans have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government prioritizes Defense, although Education, Industry, and Law & Order are also considered important, while Spirituality receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Melbourne. The average income tax rate is 77.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Merlovichian economy, worth 475 trillion Merlovichan Dollars a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 147,563 Merlovichan Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Footballers are doing aerobics in the sauna to build their hot weather endurance, pictures of government employees with expensive Pearbooks 'working' on exotic beaches dominate local tabloids, delivery truck companies use hospital parking lots to store 16-wheelers, and foreign countries consider stepping on their grass to be a serious offense. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Merlovich's national animal is the Kangaroo, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Christianity.

Merlovich is ranked 223,389th in the world and 12,663rd in The East Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -133.02 on the Hayek Index.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,248thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13,362ndSmartest Citizens: 13,816thHighest Average Incomes: 14,040thMost Corrupt Governments: 15,007thHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,856thLargest Retail Industry: 15,883rdLongest Average Lifespans: 16,462ndMost Advanced Public Education: 17,397thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,620thMost Cultured: 19,586thLargest Welfare Programs: 20,651stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 21,456thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 23,191st
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 53rd in the regionMost Armed: 77th in the regionMost Influential: 93rd in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 142nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 163rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 201st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 220th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 255th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 258th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 272nd in the regionLargest Governments: 272nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 279th in the regionMost Developed: 298th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 324th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 342nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 343rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 351st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 354th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 410th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 439th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 451st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 467th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 480th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 483rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 494th in the regionMost Cultured: 494th in the regionLargest Black Market: 506th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 612th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 645th in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 651st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 713th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 729th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 755th in the regionLargest Populations: 821st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 920th in the regionMost Secular: 1,102nd in the region

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