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The Holy Principality of Saint Mark was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 302
Most Valuable International Artwork: 140thMost Influential: 260thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 272nd
The Serene Sanctuary of
Corporate Bordello Blood-Sucking Capitalist Leeches
Voluntatem tuam, Domine, non est meum
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Civil Rights
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The Holy Principality of Saint Mark

Population9.14 billion

CapitalSanctus Leo
LeaderHis Serene Highness Prince Marcarius


The Serene Sanctuary of The Holy Principality of Saint Mark is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by His Serene Highness Prince Marcarius with a fair hand, and remarkable for its otherworldly petting zoo, daily referendums, and anti-smoking policies. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 9.14 billion Saint Markians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The relatively small government is primarily concerned with Education, although Environment, Spirituality, and Industry are also considered important, while Social Policy and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sanctus Leo. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 45.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Saint Markian economy, worth a remarkable 2,826 trillion Marks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 309,246 Marks, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,517,501 per year while the poor average 36,070, a ratio of 42.1 to 1.

The The Holy Principality of Saint Mark Automotive Racing Series draws millions of spectators annually while those near the tracks complain about the noise, surrealist houses shaped like mushrooms and volcanoes dominate the wealthiest neighborhoods, the government keeps its thumb on the scales of justice, and drawing men's naughty bits isn't considered to be art. Crime is totally unknown. The Holy Principality of Saint Mark's national animal is the Lion, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Christianity.

The Holy Principality of Saint Mark is ranked 107,077th in the world and 2,757th in the West Pacific for Most Average, scoring 36.97 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 140thMost Influential: 260thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 272ndMost Devout: 365thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,102ndMost Cultured: 1,172ndRudest Citizens: 1,323rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,761stLargest Retail Industry: 1,767thHighest Average Incomes: 1,793rdTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,075thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,395thSmartest Citizens: 2,429thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,572ndLargest Publishing Industry: 2,589thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,630thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,792ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,931stMost Efficient Economies: 3,180thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,988thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,016thLargest Governments: 4,209thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,446thHighest Economic Output: 4,623rdMost Rebellious Youth: 4,959thLowest Crime Rates: 5,523rdMost Advanced Public Education: 5,646thMost Developed: 6,547thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,832ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,045thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,141stMost Pacifist: 9,396thNicest Citizens: 9,624thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,784thTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 10,889thLargest Mining Sector: 15,354thHighest Drug Use: 16,696thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,090thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 17,703rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 17,960thSafest: 18,510th
Most Influential: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 6th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 9th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Cultured: 23rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 34th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 42nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 45th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 47th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 47th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 48th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 56th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 56th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 57th in the regionTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 61st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 65th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 66th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 75th in the regionLargest Governments: 80th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 83rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 86th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 90th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 96th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 98th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 113th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 132nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 146th in the regionMost Developed: 158th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 174th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 183rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 198th in the regionLargest Populations: 233rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 235th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 237th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 244th in the regionMost Pacifist: 269th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 291st in the regionTop
Largest Mining Sector: 294th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 425th in the regionMost Stationary: 438th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 451st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 466th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 496th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 520th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 546th in the regionSafest: 564th in the region

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