The Principality of Mercandia is a massive, orderly nation, renowned for its ban on automobiles, anti-smoking policies, and avowedly heterosexual populace. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.307 billion Mercandians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."
The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. The average income tax rate is 45.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.
The powerhouse Mercandian economy, worth 121 trillion marks a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Cheese Exports, and Trout Farming. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 93,270 marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.
Legitimate job descriptions now include "smiling and waving", trade deals are born to the sound of a royal woman's anguished screams, fur coats have become the latest fashion trend, and teenage girls in knee-length surfer shorts have become a cultural icon of Mercandia. 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, teenage girls in knee-length surfer shorts have become a cultural icon of Mercandia.
- : Following new legislation in Mercandia, fur coats have become the latest fashion trend.
- : Following new legislation in Mercandia, trade deals are born to the sound of a royal woman's anguished screams.
- : Mercandia was endorsed by The Republic of Elder Realms.
- : Following new legislation in Mercandia, legitimate job descriptions now include "smiling and waving".
- : Mercandia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Authoritarian.
- : Following new legislation in Mercandia, the fire protection service is wholly government-funded.
- : Following new legislation in Mercandia, prisoners pray grey skies are gonna clear up.
- : Mercandia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Cheese Export Sector.
- : Following new legislation in Mercandia, homeowners are evicted to make way for new runways.
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