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Merni

Population9.09 billion

CapitalQersi
LeaderEmperor Xaranas IV

Currencykora
Animalhorse

The Democracy of Merni is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Xaranas IV with an even hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, ban on automobiles, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, humorless population of 9.09 billion Mernians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Qersi. The average income tax rate is 94.5%.

The Mernian economy, worth 741 trillion koras a year, is extremely specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 81,539 koras, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The richest individuals apparently buy nothing but noodles and toilet paper, prices for nearly everything reach all-time highs as business tax breaks are discontinued, elderly citizens regularly buy posh multimillion-kora mansions, and a common response to government PSAs is "well, DUH, obviously". Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Merni's national animal is the horse, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Merni is ranked 123,594th in the world and 151st in The Labyrinth for Most Extreme, scoring 15.52 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 423rdBest Weather: 599thSafest: 619thMost Beautiful Environments: 921stMost Pacifist: 1,129thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,267thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,333rdMost Inclusive: 1,732ndNicest Citizens: 1,891stTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 2,147thMost Influential: 2,783rdLongest Average Lifespans: 2,862ndMost Cultured: 2,988thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,535thLowest Crime Rates: 4,694thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,163rdLargest Publishing Industry: 6,258thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,349thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,766thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,463rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,710thLargest Governments: 8,214thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,460thSmartest Citizens: 8,533rdMost Stationary: 9,599thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,263rdTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,304thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 12,062ndMost Secular: 12,233rdHighest Poor Incomes: 20,572nd
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Most Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionMost Stationary: 3rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionLargest Populations: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Secular: 9th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 10th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 10th in the regionTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 16th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Merni, a common response to government PSAs is "well, DUH, obviously".
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, elderly citizens regularly buy posh multimillion-kora mansions.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, prices for nearly everything reach all-time highs as business tax breaks are discontinued.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, the richest individuals apparently buy nothing but noodles and toilet paper.
  • : Merni lodged a message on the The Labyrinth Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, the government is a clear-cut case of tyranny by majority.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, black market eau de toilette is made in bathroom labs across the nation.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, the government mails weekly updates on the new anti-junk mail laws to every citizen.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, the cancellation of "The Real Vixens of Qersi" has been described as a real blow for entertainment.
  • : Following new legislation in Merni, occupational wage levels are based on a crumpled napkin authored by a legendary Qersi bus driver.

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