by Max Barry

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Most Compassionate Citizens: 1,724th Best Weather: 1,891st Nicest Citizens: 1,932nd
The Unified Empire of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy Fascists
Forwards Towards the Guns!
Emperor Willem van Oranje
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Population3.517 billion

LeaderEmperor Willem van Oranje
FaithMersidonian Saints-Worship


The Unified Empire of Mersdon is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Emperor Willem van Oranje with an even hand, and remarkable for its public floggings, daily referendums, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate population of 3.517 billion Mersidonians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Benedict-on-Sea. The average income tax rate is 96.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Mersidonian economy, worth 672 trillion Blue-Guldenmarks a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 191,333 Blue-Guldenmarks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Red Cross demand for body bags is rising while sutures go unused, skateparks can be found in every city, the government is flooded with compensation requests, and major internet servers have acquired citizenship. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Mersdon's national animal is the Benedict, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Mersidonian Saints-Worship.

Mersdon is ranked 3,842nd in the world and 8th in USSD for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 18,395.88 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Most Compassionate Citizens: 1,724thBest Weather: 1,891stNicest Citizens: 1,932ndHealthiest Citizens: 1,937thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,952ndLongest Average Lifespans: 1,953rdMost Inclusive: 2,018thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,207thMost Developed: 2,244thMost Cultured: 2,793rdHighest Poor Incomes: 2,925thLowest Crime Rates: 2,949thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,972ndSmartest Citizens: 3,142ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,146thLargest Governments: 3,262ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,331stSafest: 3,798thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,842ndMost Advanced Public Education: 3,941stMost Pacifist: 4,011thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,095thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,382ndLargest Welfare Programs: 4,704thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,730thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,047thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,064thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,253rdHighest Average Incomes: 6,525thMost Secular: 7,431stTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,572ndMost Subsidized Industry: 9,206thMost Efficient Economies: 9,263rdRudest Citizens: 12,724thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,883rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,374th
Rudest Citizens: 4th in the regionTop
Most Average: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 8th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 9th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 9th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 9th in the regionNicest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 10th in the regionBest Weather: 10th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 10th in the regionMost Cultured: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Mersdon's influence in USSD rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : The Federation of Artsotska renamed the office held by Mersdon from "Minister of Silly Walks" to "Minister of Silly Walks (장관)" in The Okchi Union.
  • : Mersdon's influence in USSD rose from "Zero" to "Hatchling".
  • : Mersdon lodged a message on the USSD Regional Message Board.
  • : Mersdon relocated from The Okchi Union to USSD.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, major internet servers have acquired citizenship.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, the government is flooded with compensation requests.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, skateparks can be found in every city.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, Red Cross demand for body bags is rising while sutures go unused.
  • : Following new legislation in Mersdon, surrogate mothers are encouraged to refer to their wombs as 'rental space'.


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