The Principality of Merkez is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its keen interest in outer space, irreverence towards religion, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate population of 596 million Merkezians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.
The enormous, socially-minded government prioritizes Education, with Administration, Healthcare, and Environment also on the agenda, while Spirituality receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Merkez. The average income tax rate is 78.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.
The Merkezian economy, worth 34.5 trillion Gold Coins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Retail. Average income is 57,933 Gold Coins, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.
Royalist is the most offensive slur in the Merkezian language, a fashion designer has been arrested for inciting hatred after claiming redheads couldn't pull off vermillion, the nation has opened its arms to an influx of refugees, and intellectual snobbery has the cognoscenti sneering at anyone who doesn't have an opinion on the semiological drift of Umberto Eco's works. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Merkez's national animal is the Panda, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.
Most Recent Government Activity:
- : Merkez was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
- : Following new legislation in Merkez, intellectual snobbery has the cognoscenti sneering at anyone who doesn't have an opinion on the semiological drift of Umberto Eco's works.
- : Following new legislation in Merkez, the nation has opened its arms to an influx of refugees.
- : Following new legislation in Merkez, a fashion designer has been arrested for inciting hatred after claiming redheads couldn't pull off vermillion.
- : Merkez was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs.
- : Following new legislation in Merkez, royalist is the most offensive slur in the Merkezian language.
- : Merkez endorsed The Holy Capitalist Haven of La xinga.
- : Merkez endorsed The Fanciful Tales of Refuge Isle.
- : Merkez withdrew its endorsement from The Parrot Excommunigate of Libertanny.
- : Merkez voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting Legal Rights of Workers".
Endorsements Received: 34 » VW53Aland, Axdel, Liberstankonia, H-Zhena, Zukchiva, Libertanny, NorthLuxeland, Brotherland, Todd McCloud, Dragons Blood, Pakitsk, Asendavia, East Malaysia, The Three States of Fortuna, The Eternal Land of Jong, ReeK, Ridann, Tretrid, Staynes, Evrigenis, Technocratic Tagalog, Mays Austrian Nation, Modra, Republic of Berzerkistan, Lingu, Wiranath, A mean old man, BuciLand, Santa Dystopia, Coruh, Rainbow Vests, Stellar Colonies, Refuge Isle, and La xinga.