by Max Barry

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Largest Retail Industry: 34thMost Secular: 88thMost Corrupt Governments: 118th
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Population9.921 billion

LeaderPresident Cornelius Crewes


The Corporate Federation of Maritzal is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by President Cornelius Crewes with an iron fist, and notable for its deadly medical pandemics, ban on automobiles, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 9.921 billion Maritzalians 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 relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Meridian. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 90.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Maritzalian economy, worth a remarkable 4,261 trillion Pistas a year, is mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Information Technology, Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 429,580 Pistas, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,251,332 per year while the poor average 116,597, a ratio of 10.7 to 1.

It's best to decline if President Cornelius Crewes offers to buy a round of drinks, shelters struggle to keep up with the endless intake of stray animals, tourists are flocking to the newly-built MeteorLand family resort, and the new Liquor Legitimacy Office is besieged with job applications from people who have experience in "statistical sampling methods". Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Maritzal's national animal is the Cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Atheism.

Maritzal is ranked 780th in the world and 5th in Europe for Fattest Citizens, with 67.1 Obesity Rate.

Largest Retail Industry: 34thMost Secular: 88thMost Corrupt Governments: 118thMost Influential: 126thLargest Information Technology Sector: 225thLargest Black Market: 411thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 428thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 517thHighest Average Incomes: 597thFattest Citizens: 780thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 851stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 970thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 987thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,180thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,294thMost Cultured: 1,297thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,308thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,523rdRudest Citizens: 1,625thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,630thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,734thMost Efficient Economies: 1,842ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,070thTop
Highest Economic Output: 2,742ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,845thSmartest Citizens: 4,433rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,606thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,712thLargest Governments: 6,306thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,516thNudest: 7,873rdHighest Poor Incomes: 8,137thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,659thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,474thMost Stationary: 10,634thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 13,473rdMost Advanced Public Education: 13,730thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,451stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,677th
Largest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11th in the regionTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 19th in the regionRudest Citizens: 24th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 24th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 29th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 31st in the regionMost Cultured: 32nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 33rd in the regionNudest: 34th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 34th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 40th in the regionMost Influential: 47th in the regionMost Stationary: 47th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 62nd in the regionTop
Smartest Citizens: 84th in the regionLargest Governments: 88th in the regionLargest Populations: 105th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 113th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 121st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 125th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Maritzal, the new Liquor Legitimacy Office is besieged with job applications from people who have experience in "statistical sampling methods".
  • : Following new legislation in Maritzal, tourists are flocking to the newly-built MeteorLand family resort.
  • : Following new legislation in Maritzal, shelters struggle to keep up with the endless intake of stray animals.
  • : Following new legislation in Maritzal, it's best to decline if President Cornelius Crewes offers to buy a round of drinks.
  • : Following new legislation in Maritzal, five-year-olds chanting "Little Miss Muffet" are accused of bullying arachnophobes.
  • : Following new legislation in Maritzal, the nation's children are known for being even more apathetic and cynical than their parents.
  • : Following new legislation in Maritzal, a vast monorail network carries people all over the country.
  • : Following new legislation in Maritzal, the alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit.
  • : Following new legislation in Maritzal, conscripts often volunteer for a second tour of duty so they can get a ticket to next year's Army Revue.
  • : Following new legislation in Maritzal, emergency services don't respond to trailer park fires.


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