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Largest Gambling Industry: 3,643rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,989thFattest Citizens: 4,367th
The Kingdom of
Father Knows Best State Suspiciously Conservative Democracy
I don't know what's going on
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Minnow
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Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Thriving
Political Freedom
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Mercuriana

Population3.275 billion

CapitalArbitraria
LeaderKing Ronald McMurphy
FaithThe Variable Unchanging Cult of Ron

Currencyarbitrary law
Animalstripy Dalmatian dog

The Kingdom of Mercuriana is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by King Ronald McMurphy with an iron fist, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 3.275 billion Mercurianans are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Arbitraria. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 19.5%.

The thriving Mercurial economy, worth 251 trillion arbitrary laws a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is 76,797 arbitrary laws, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 259,918 per year while the poor average 16,768, a ratio of 15.5 to 1.

A typical fast food menu item could serve a small army, nervous homeowners have been blamed for rising death rates amongst carol singers and locksmiths, televangelists often claim they can cure your Lupus if you donate enough money, and grannies get pulled over for knitting pullovers while driving. Crime is a problem. Mercuriana's national animal is the stripy Dalmatian dog, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Variable Unchanging Cult of Ron.

Mercuriana is ranked 195,554th in the world and 411th in Forest for Least Corrupt Governments, with 68.13 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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Largest Gambling Industry: 3,643rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,989thFattest Citizens: 4,367thMost Devout: 7,789thTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 10,669thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,780thMost Armed: 12,005thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,243rdMost Primitive: 14,265thLargest Retail Industry: 14,620thLargest Black Market: 16,261stMost Avoided: 16,635thMost Ignorant Citizens: 16,677th
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Largest Gambling Industry: 16th in the regionFattest Citizens: 19th in the regionTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 24th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 26th in the regionMost Avoided: 33rd in the regionMost Devout: 39th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 43rd in the regionMost Armed: 45th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 45th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Mercuriana was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Primitive.
  • : Following new legislation in Mercuriana, grannies get pulled over for knitting pullovers while driving.
  • : Following new legislation in Mercuriana, televangelists often claim they can cure your Lupus if you donate enough money.
  • : Following new legislation in Mercuriana, nervous homeowners have been blamed for rising death rates amongst carol singers and locksmiths.
  • : Mercuriana was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Mercuriana, a typical fast food menu item could serve a small army.
  • : Mercuriana was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Armed.
  • : Mercuriana was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Mercuriana was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Agricultural Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Mercuriana, wealthy students ride to school past mendicant dropouts.

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