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Merkez

Population449 million

CapitalMerkez

CurrencyGold Coin
AnimalPanda

The Principality of Merkez is a huge, genial nation, renowned for its keen interest in outer space, irreverence towards religion, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate population of 449 million Merkezians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government prioritizes Education, with Administration, Environment, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Merkez. The average income tax rate is 78.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Merkezian economy, worth 23.3 trillion Gold Coins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Retail. Average income is 51,989 Gold Coins, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

There is a heavy social stigma attached to e-cigarettes, foreign policy often involves bullwhips and leather, high school boys are required to pass vigorous self-mastery and sensitivity training to graduate, and the sound of wooden legs echo throughout Merkez after the recent introduction of the Foot Tax. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Merkez's national animal is the Panda, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Merkez is ranked 135,848th in the world and 5,374th in The East Pacific for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring zero on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 5,755thMost Secular: 5,973rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,290thMost Pacifist: 7,460thSafest: 7,723rdMost Income Equality: 8,654thTop
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Most Influential: 10,727thMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,208thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,592ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 13,885thNicest Citizens: 14,470thHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,466thMost Inclusive: 17,478thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18,162ndLowest Crime Rates: 18,477thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,759thMost Beautiful Environments: 19,574thMost Advanced Public Education: 20,069th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 211th in the regionMost Secular: 218th in the regionSafest: 238th in the regionMost Pacifist: 252nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 362nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 416th in the regionTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 420th in the regionMost Income Equality: 424th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 470th in the regionNicest Citizens: 475th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 492nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 519th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 532nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 535th in the regionMost Influential: 543rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 562nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 575th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 582nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 602nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 679th in the regionMost Cultured: 686th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 697th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 775th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 782nd in the regionLargest Governments: 825th in the region

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