The Principality of Mercandia is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its pith helmet sales, zero percent divorce rate, and avowedly heterosexual populace. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 948 million Mercandians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."
The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. The average income tax rate is 28.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.
The strong Mercandian economy, worth 66.4 trillion marks a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Cheese Exports, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 70,011 marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.
There's a shortage of swinging hot spots as land development grinds to a halt, the constant playing of Merry Birthday on Mercandian radio has led to calls for the song to be classified as a crime against humanity, several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation, and a government program is underway to revitalize Mercandia's beaches. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Mercandia's national animal is the fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.
Most Recent Government Activity:
- : Mercandia was endorsed by The Democratic Republic of Norvayopia.
- : Following new legislation in Mercandia, a government program is underway to revitalize Mercandia's beaches.
- : Following new legislation in Mercandia, several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation.
- : Following new legislation in Mercandia, the constant playing of Merry Birthday on Mercandian radio has led to calls for the song to be classified as a crime against humanity.
- : Mercandia was endorsed by The Federation of Kontara.
- : Following new legislation in Mercandia, there's a shortage of swinging hot spots as land development grinds to a halt.
- : Following new legislation in Mercandia, women mime their gynaecological symptoms with hand-puppets.
- : Following new legislation in Mercandia, female newsreaders distract the nation by breastfeeding during broadcast.
- : Following new legislation in Mercandia, scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes.
- : Following new legislation in Mercandia, Leader's told that love often manifests itself through homicidal four-lettered litanies.
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