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Most Devout: 5,489thNicest Citizens: 6,896thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,994th
The Holy Empire of
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Civil Rights
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Maria del Rey

Population1.184 billion

CapitalPetros
LeaderMark Josephus

Currencylira
Animalpelican

The Holy Empire of Maria del Rey is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Mark Josephus with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, pith helmet sales, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, cynical, devout population of 1.184 billion Marians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, well-organized government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Petros. The average income tax rate is 85.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Maria del Reyian economy, worth 50.2 trillion lire a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Basket Weaving industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining. Average income is 42,420 lire, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Top-shelf magazines feature risqué centrefold spreads of ladies' wrists, diminutive Maria del Reyian generals are feared for their aggressiveness, the Maria del Reyian Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas, and prison walls have had to be modified to keep parkour-trained criminals from escaping. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Maria del Rey's national animal is the pelican, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Maria del Rey is ranked 197,895th in the world and 86th in Right to Life for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -11.58 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Most Devout: 5,489thNicest Citizens: 6,896thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,994thMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,277thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,284thMost Pacifist: 9,549thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,392ndTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,864thBest Weather: 12,613thLargest Welfare Programs: 13,865thHealthiest Citizens: 16,010thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,494thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,181stLowest Crime Rates: 17,682ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,751stLongest Average Lifespans: 17,980thMost Advanced Public Education: 19,299thMost Beautiful Environments: 19,571st
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Most Pacifist: 6th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7th in the regionNicest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 8th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 9th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Maria del Rey, prison walls have had to be modified to keep parkour-trained criminals from escaping.
  • : Following new legislation in Maria del Rey, the Maria del Reyian Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas.
  • : Following new legislation in Maria del Rey, diminutive Maria del Reyian generals are feared for their aggressiveness.
  • : Following new legislation in Maria del Rey, top-shelf magazines feature risqué centrefold spreads of ladies' wrists.
  • : Following new legislation in Maria del Rey, graverobbers claim they're acting within the interest of 'scientific preservation'.
  • : Maria del Rey was endorsed by The Community of Under Ledzia.
  • : Maria del Rey was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Following new legislation in Maria del Rey, cane fights are a common sight in nursing homes.
  • : Following new legislation in Maria del Rey, all astronauts are hot twenty-something models selected because they have 'the right stuff'.
  • : Following new legislation in Maria del Rey, genetic research has been halted.

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