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The Holy Principality of Saint Mark was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 302
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 100thMost Valuable International Artwork: 151stMost Influential: 231st
The Serene Sanctuary of
Corporate Bordello
Voluntatem tuam, Domine, non est meum
Guardian & Chancellor, UTWP
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The Holy Principality of Saint Mark

Population8.998 billion

CapitalSanctus Leo
LeaderHis Serene Highness Prince Marcarius


The Serene Sanctuary of The Holy Principality of Saint Mark is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by His Serene Highness Prince Marcarius with a fair hand, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and daily referendums. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 8.998 billion Saint Markians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The relatively small government is primarily concerned with Education, with Environment, Spirituality, and Industry also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sanctus Leo. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 43.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Saint Markian economy, worth a remarkable 2,779 trillion Marks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 308,856 Marks, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,515,589 per year while the poor average 36,024, a ratio of 42.1 to 1.

Jennifer Government is a bestseller, nighttime sightings of raccoons sporting Circle-A patches and bandanna masks are on the rise, His Serene Highness Prince Marcarius's office has a newly installed Max-Man arcade game programmed by a 5th-grader, and the new classical revitalization of Sanctus Leo is expected to be completed sometime in the next century. Crime is totally unknown. The Holy Principality of Saint Mark's national animal is the Lion, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Christianity.

The Holy Principality of Saint Mark is ranked 36,004th in the world and 1,008th in the West Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring 67.56 on the Rand Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 100thMost Valuable International Artwork: 151stMost Influential: 231stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 266thMost Devout: 359thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,106thMost Cultured: 1,167thRudest Citizens: 1,320thLargest Retail Industry: 1,768thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,786thHighest Average Incomes: 1,787thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,011thTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,253rdSmartest Citizens: 2,469thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,540thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,587thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,623rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,813thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,858thMost Efficient Economies: 3,249thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,941stMost Beautiful Environments: 4,024thLargest Governments: 4,321stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,432ndHighest Economic Output: 4,661stMost Rebellious Youth: 5,005thLowest Crime Rates: 5,545thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,842ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,750thMost Developed: 7,176thLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,787thMost Pacifist: 9,009thNicest Citizens: 9,189thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,450thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,849thTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 11,197thLargest Mining Sector: 14,380thHighest Drug Use: 16,435thMost Compassionate Citizens: 17,141stMost Subsidized Industry: 17,243rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 17,410thSafest: 18,193rd
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 6th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 19th in the regionMost Cultured: 23rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 30th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 43rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 45th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 46th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 48th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 49th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 53rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 55th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 59th in the regionTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 65th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 68th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 70th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 76th in the regionLargest Governments: 82nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 86th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 89th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 91st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 95th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 102nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 114th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 133rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 141st in the regionMost Developed: 172nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 182nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 189th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 205th in the regionNicest Citizens: 224th in the regionLargest Populations: 228th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 240th in the regionMost Pacifist: 250th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 256th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 289th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 299th in the regionTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 420th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 447th in the regionMost Stationary: 449th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 471st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 472nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 481st in the regionSafest: 565th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 572nd in the region

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