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Most Influential: 1,814thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,089thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,291st
The United Kingdom of
Father Knows Best State Suspiciously Liberal Dictatorship
For King, For Country, For Law
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Duckspeaker
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Civil Rights
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Marie Byrd

Population5.286 billion

CapitalDeheubarth
LeaderKing Terrance
FaithChurch of Marie Byrd

CurrencyGrant Island Pound
AnimalPenguin

The United Kingdom of Marie Byrd is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by King Terrance with an iron fist, and renowned for its national health service, daily referendums, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.286 billion Marie Byrdians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Deheubarth. The average income tax rate is 78.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Marie Byrdian economy, worth 962 trillion Grant Island Pounds a year, is quite specialized and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 182,016 Grant Island Pounds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Harry Potter conventions are closely watched by the government for any signs of 'dueling', corporate lawyers are switching careers to the more lucrative field of green politics, the studies of art and philosophy are banned, and wigged-out hunters report playing croquet with the Queen of Hearts. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Marie Byrd's national animal is the Penguin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Church of Marie Byrd.

Marie Byrd is ranked 11,293rd in the world and 38th in Thaecia for Most Developed, scoring 89.47 on the Human Development Index.

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Most Influential: 1,814thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,089thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,291stMost Armed: 3,343rdLargest Black Market: 4,083rdMost Corrupt Governments: 4,119thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,301stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,043rdHighest Poor Incomes: 6,544thLowest Crime Rates: 6,737thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,774thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,872ndLongest Average Lifespans: 8,275thHighest Average Incomes: 8,724thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,155thHealthiest Citizens: 10,064thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,127thMost Developed: 11,293rdLargest Welfare Programs: 11,853rdLargest Governments: 12,283rdTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 12,341stMost Advanced Public Education: 12,818thMost Cultured: 13,799thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,123rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,382ndMost Devout: 15,700thSmartest Citizens: 16,415thHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,155thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,988thMost Inclusive: 19,004thHighest Economic Output: 19,224thMost Advanced Public Transport: 20,320thMost Scientifically Advanced: 21,339thMost Beautiful Environments: 21,376thLargest Mining Sector: 23,391stMost Stationary: 23,618th
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Largest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Armed: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Influential: 10th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 13th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 15th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 18th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 24th in the regionMost Devout: 25th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 26th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 28th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 29th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 31st in the regionMost Cultured: 33rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 33rd in the regionLargest Governments: 34th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Marie Byrd was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : Marie Byrd voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Freedom Of Association".
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, wigged-out hunters report playing croquet with the Queen of Hearts.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, the studies of art and philosophy are banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, corporate lawyers are switching careers to the more lucrative field of green politics.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, Harry Potter conventions are closely watched by the government for any signs of 'dueling'.
  • : Following new legislation in Marie Byrd, employers are gradually adapting to the alien premise of paying wages to their workers.
  • : Marie Byrd voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Voting Equality for Freed Inmates"".
  • : Marie Byrd was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : Marie Byrd was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Governments and Largest Welfare Programs.

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