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Most Compassionate Citizens: 206thNicest Citizens: 210thBest Weather: 236th
The Republic of
Left-wing Utopia Drugged-Out Hippies
祓え給い、清め給え (Purify and cleanse)
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Meriden

Population13.243 billion

CapitalHonmaru
LeaderKogitsunemaru

CurrencyKoban
AnimalKonnosuke

The Republic of Meriden is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Kogitsunemaru with a fair hand, and notable for its complete lack of prisons, restrictive gun laws, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 13.243 billion Saniwas are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Honmaru. The average income tax rate is 99.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Saniwan economy, worth a remarkable 3,339 trillion Kobans a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 252,186 Kobans, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Parking's carefree without parking car fees, the official Saniwan Phrase Book weighs as much as a small child, glamping Saniwas won't sleep in a tent that doesn't include a Jacuzzi, and Kogitsunemaru's used car is held together by bumper stickers that support the opposition. Crime is totally unknown. Meriden's national animal is the Konnosuke, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Meriden is ranked 218,569th in the world and 106th in Equilism for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 1.35 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

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Most Compassionate Citizens: 206thNicest Citizens: 210thBest Weather: 236thMost Pacifist: 246thMost Inclusive: 305thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 340thMost Beautiful Environments: 361stMost Cheerful Citizens: 370thMost Developed: 397thHealthiest Citizens: 401stLongest Average Lifespans: 445thLeast Corrupt Governments: 456thSafest: 573rdMost Cultured: 640thLargest Welfare Programs: 778thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,026thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,068thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,096thSmartest Citizens: 1,179thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,316thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,368thLargest Governments: 1,379thLowest Crime Rates: 1,492ndMost Rebellious Youth: 1,545thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,111thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,277thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 2,925thHighest Average Incomes: 3,407thMost Secular: 3,495thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,516thHighest Economic Output: 4,109thMost Influential: 4,469thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,540thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,851stMost Stationary: 6,377thMost Efficient Economies: 8,015thNudest: 11,427thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11,889thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 13,177thLargest Populations: 20,826thMost Income Equality: 21,962nd
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Healthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 4th in the regionSafest: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Stationary: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 5th in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 7th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 7th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 8th in the regionNudest: 11th in the regionMost Income Equality: 11th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Meriden, Kogitsunemaru's used car is held together by bumper stickers that support the opposition.
  • : Following new legislation in Meriden, glamping Saniwas won't sleep in a tent that doesn't include a Jacuzzi.
  • : Following new legislation in Meriden, the official Saniwan Phrase Book weighs as much as a small child.
  • : Following new legislation in Meriden, parking's carefree without parking car fees.
  • : Following new legislation in Meriden, hospitals fear government fines more than terrorist ransoms.
  • : Following new legislation in Meriden, customs officers pretend not to hear shouts of "HELP LET ME OUT!" emerging from diplomatic bags.
  • : Following new legislation in Meriden, little kids often wonder why strange grown-ups are following them around the soft play areas.
  • : Following new legislation in Meriden, the nationalised Arms Manufacturing Industry is not interested in making weapons.
  • : Following new legislation in Meriden, producers insist that movie stars wear crash helmets in every scene.
  • : Following new legislation in Meriden, the nation's democracy attracts huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

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