by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 767th Most Influential: 1,218th Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,076th
The Oriental Empire of
Moralistic Democracy Narrow-Minded Backwoodsy Bigots
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Population1.108 billion

LeaderEmpress Zetian

CurrencyTousunai Dollar
AnimalRed Panda

The Oriental Empire of Merlovich is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Empress Zetian with an even hand, and renowned for its daily referendums, vat-grown people, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 1.108 billion Merlovichans are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, corrupt government prioritizes Defense, although Education, Industry, and Law & Order are also considered important, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tousunai. The average income tax rate is 71.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Merlovichian economy, worth 159 trillion Tousunai Dollars a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 143,715 Tousunai Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.8 times as much as the poorest.

Breast milk is being redistributed from each according to their ability to each according to their need, reporters sent to cover suspected UFO visits come back with stories about quilting bees, the legislature keeps promising "more study" of corruption allegations against the parliamentary whip system, and the dead fish in the national rivers aren't decomposing because even bacteria can't survive the levels of toxicity. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Merlovich's national animal is the Red Panda, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Chi-Mun.

Merlovich is ranked 6,294th in the world and 127th in The East Pacific for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 11,802.82 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 767thMost Influential: 1,218thTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,076thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,294thRudest Citizens: 6,797thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,608thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,783rdTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 9,045thLargest Retail Industry: 9,147thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,421stLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,493rdMost Efficient Economies: 11,248thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,973rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,376thHighest Average Incomes: 14,272ndLargest Governments: 14,873rdLowest Crime Rates: 15,180thMost Developed: 16,386th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 44th in the regionMost Influential: 44th in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 124th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 127th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 162nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 178th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 196th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 202nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 214th in the regionLargest Black Market: 261st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 270th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 279th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 285th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 295th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 298th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 363rd in the regionLargest Governments: 380th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 398th in the regionMost Developed: 483rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 489th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 492nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 501st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 514th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 530th in the regionMost Armed: 578th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 582nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 621st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 658th in the regionMost Cultured: 660th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 673rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Merlovich voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Darkesia".
  • : Merlovich was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Mining Sector.
  • : Merlovich was endorsed by The Commonwealth of Sen Jast.
  • : Merlovich was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Merlovich voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Fair Depository standards Act".
  • : Merlovich lodged a message on the The East Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Merlovich changed its national nation type to "Oriental Empire".
  • : Merlovich changed its national nation type to "Vaction Mode boyo".
  • : Merlovich lodged a message on the The East Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Merlovich, the dead fish in the national rivers aren't decomposing because even bacteria can't survive the levels of toxicity.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 184 » The Sacred Whale, Wiranath, Dreamersistan, The Almighty Country, Fedele, Squid Ruinosa, Socialist Holy American Empire, A Slanted Black Stripe, Drunken Seal Islands, Areast, Unger under over, Illen Falis, H-Zhena, The Underwood Industrial Empire, Kampf Empire, New Arion Pean, Bacon Land, Brotherland, Servants of Gizmo, Aeneas Prime, Goodnamesarerare, Southern Yugoslavia, Rhealaliit, Elejamie, Bai Lung, Biggstonia, Ribanzi, Ver Norge, Kaigi, Outer Verron Swicia Islands, Am Echad, Lanagon, Kagorg Bra Corna, ReeK, The Holy Empire of Moronica, Thyaclinia, Akorial, Harapan, Headpat Central, Greater New Islew, Birdbow, Axdel, Aelitia, Harro Waarudho, Hizuru, Roissyland, Free sovereign Soviet socialist republic, Reformed Mankind Institutes, Squarist Republic of Squaria, Skandinavistan, and 134 others.Mundiferrum, British Calradia, Danesopia, Blazing Samaritan, Bons Boofer, Aristortia, United China Nation, Danelaw Scandinavia, Shinnokawa, Ciggie Smallistan, The Happian Union, Marrico, Endertopias, Cantonese Union, Midwestern States of USA, Republic of Berzerkistan, Someseni, The Romanum Legio, Norjis, Kucia, Fraxhemark, Fanderia, The Empire of Rijelv, Federated States of Zootron, Tim Stark, Wizardonia, Bytes, Elsweyr Land, Peatiktist, Furnifold, Solestia, Arkantis, Bullpups, Wendelandia, Survivoristan, Redfoos Irrelevancy, The New Wisconsin Empire, Pakitsk, Adavan, Dragonia, Elkenian, Nysa Arcadia, New Taranaki, Slys Paws, CopyCato, VW53Aland, Sansangra, Chols Worithopia, Asendavia, Davelands, Gorbastan, Enlil, Davinhia, Osterreich und Ungarn, New Leganes, Bortalandet, Kriov, Yumaka, Lejon Stad, Imperial Akatsuki, Sericena, TURKEYISM, Froplondia, Calcestruzzo, Choushuu, Federal Unity, Roliganistan, Yutogolan, Mer Dieu, Sadinata, Janoobi Jazair, Neruch, Splena, Khurn Empire, The Solar Ottomans, Shantan, The Earth Systems Alliance, La Isla Nueva, Ostronesia, Impia Aghte, Layngderfleethe, Mobumasu, Free Peoples Republic of Sandir, Pightinbotanoffen, Betremia, Oskoldia, Our Gods, The Soviet Space Commie Union, Kublam, Ravendi, Just Vale 2, Urimel, East Malaysia, Ellsonian Dominion, Gemookul, Solarfall, Bachtendekuppen, Sonictopia, Riveraland, Eastern Hyront Scasssen, Adolanta, Xobalon, Amjedia, Restoration of Eastern Kaiserreich, The Angel of Charity, Slui, Sterianiha, The Holy Utopian Republic, Babcocia, Talitoa, Cretalia, Norgsveldet, Ruso-Germania, Kilkire, BearStackof2015, The Arthirian Republic, Devlon, TheRuthenians, Ska Hydorordia, Shavara, Broengtopia, The United Asian Republics, Nova-Columbia, Mystic Forest, Astroa, Liberal Hungary, Thompstein, United Earth Republic, Union of Technocratic Republic, The Cult of the Great Cthulhu, Atlia Sonis, Kobraland, Walkerfort, and Sen Jast.

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