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Most Efficient Economies: 162ndMost Subsidized Industry: 207thMost Rebellious Youth: 213th
The Technically Free ♻ Land of
Capitalist Paradise Decent Hardworking Self-Starters
Absolutely Fabulous
Civil Rights
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Population18.1 billion

LeaderThe Leader
FaithThe Truth


The Technically Free ♻ Land of Meropis is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by The Leader with an even hand, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, infamous sell-swords, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 18.1 billion Meropisians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The relatively small, corrupt, pro-business government is primarily concerned with Industry, although Education, Environment, and Defense are also considered important, while Spirituality and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Anostos. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 8.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Meropisian economy, worth a remarkable 5,879 trillion Pompas a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Gambling, and Arms Manufacturing. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an amazing 324,850 Pompas, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,372,577 per year while the poor average 49,742, a ratio of 27.6 to 1.

For some reason the census focuses on daily banana ingestion and hourly quip rate, tour guides tell passengers that there is beautiful architecture just behind the two-hundred-foot concrete walls, the voyages of obsolete star-trekking satellites on deliberate escape orbits are only just beginning, and the nation's reinforced coffee tables are constructed to survive an atomic blast. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Meropis's national animal is the Zombie, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Truth.

Meropis is ranked 222,870th in the world and 1,231st in Europe for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 106.71 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

Most Efficient Economies: 162ndMost Subsidized Industry: 207thMost Rebellious Youth: 213thRudest Citizens: 262ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 310thMost Armed: 425thMost Scientifically Advanced: 497thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 543rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 548thHighest Crime Rates: 579thMost Secular: 631stHighest Disposable Incomes: 642ndLargest Gambling Industry: 844thMost Beautiful Environments: 867thMost Cultured: 1,015thSmartest Citizens: 1,098thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,107thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,204thHighest Economic Output: 1,567thHighest Average Incomes: 1,640thMost Influential: 1,825thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,057thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,070thTop
Most Developed: 2,531stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,726thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,000thMost Inclusive: 3,523rdMost Corrupt Governments: 4,122ndLargest Black Market: 4,196thLargest Governments: 4,290thBest Weather: 6,871stLargest Retail Industry: 7,379thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,972ndLongest Average Lifespans: 8,242ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8,845thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9,647thLargest Populations: 10,261stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,372ndHealthiest Citizens: 10,824thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,428thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 12,024thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,294thLargest Publishing Industry: 14,973rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 17,874thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 23,952nd
Most Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 15th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 16th in the regionMost Secular: 18th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 18th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 19th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 19th in the regionLargest Black Market: 21st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 24th in the regionMost Cultured: 26th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 29th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 31st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 33rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 40th in the regionLargest Populations: 41st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 43rd in the regionMost Developed: 46th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 47th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 48th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 53rd in the regionLargest Governments: 59th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 63rd in the regionTop
Most Inclusive: 66th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 68th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 79th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 80th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 81st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 88th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Meropis, the nation's reinforced coffee tables are constructed to survive an atomic blast.
  • : Following new legislation in Meropis, the voyages of obsolete star-trekking satellites on deliberate escape orbits are only just beginning.
  • : Following new legislation in Meropis, tour guides tell passengers that there is beautiful architecture just behind the two-hundred-foot concrete walls.
  • : Following new legislation in Meropis, for some reason the census focuses on daily banana ingestion and hourly quip rate.
  • : Meropis endorsed The Empire of Patriotisch Deutsches Reich.
  • : Meropis was endorsed by The Great Northern Empire of Khuravia.
  • : Following new legislation in Meropis, epileptic patients switch their medications to whichever has a 'buy one get one free' offer.
  • : Following new legislation in Meropis, interest in globalism never flags.
  • : Following new legislation in Meropis, only the rich can afford the latest medical innovations.
  • : Following new legislation in Meropis, the nation's new Mylab space station is notorious for being the loneliest place above the planet.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 260 » Thracia and Crimea, North of Americas, Invernessia, ENOTRIA, Evergreen Keys, Seims, GanymedEuropa, Canovium, Kurfuerstentum Brandenburg-Mecklenburg, Armbruster, Equatorial Zone, Saint Pallas, Leiningerland, Slavonia and Srijem, Regnum Italiae, Eastern Greenlands, Enway, Maritzal, Maanenland, The Twelve Nations of Eastern Europe, Thracia Republic, Old World Order, Eritei, Super Happy Land, Boldia, Sicilian Imperial-Capitalist Empire, Saiwania, Rivierenland, Escalver, The Scandinavian Realm, Kardjali, Dalmannia, Galway-Dublin, Yahlia, Northern German Federation, Parliamentary Laramidia, New Touraine, The Reunited Yugoslavs, Domton, Grodisze, Ostermarch, Nardin, Chronus, Martelon, Rogueda, The Poland-Lithuania Commonwealth, The Haven of Corporations, Umeria, Dark Matter, Outer Sparta, and 210 others.Gerarvania, IllyrianAlbania, Azitupia, Abject Ludicrosity, Saint Domingo, Dauershire, Apabeossie, Prussian-Union, Hverland, Ostrogotharum Praeeminebat, Shaor, Diets, Romana Imperium de Italia, Esvonia, Weeddialvon, Jim the Baptist, Jahass, Ausvelt, Wiener-Neustadt, South Douninitia, Brakanistan, Wombelland, Elisabethshagen, Neuchateau, NorthPortugal, Puerto Thelosia, Cherised Lands of Galicia, Irminsulia, Athens But Better, Moravian-Silesian Kingdom, The Champions League, Walfo, Imperium Anglorum, Mons Graupius, Flippydippy123, Falvaard, Nevelja, Dipretorian, Gor Kebab, Monkistan, Nea Europa, Rotenstein, Yoannes, Northwest Isles, Quentenia, The Seven Provinces, Durlia, Slovanov, Leranditale, Hafrsa, Snowfeld, An Clar, The New Nordic Union, Ivernia, Bombastion, Weltbeherrschung, Toaddia, Novabritannia, St Scarlett, Soviet Taoistan, Republic of Satherland, Adamites, Leszno, Greater Tomland, Ansington, Ventelia, Crestphalia, The Mongol Plain, Purgatio, Socialist Soviet Armenia, Wessex and Cornwall, Cytadela, Lyallpur, Lieges, Chioganah, Germany Third Reich, Thils, Exori Vis, Jamesreich, The New Mexican Confederation, Owlograd, The Kingdom of Denmark, Velosia, Godefargen, Destyntine, Arorska, Demon666, The-British-Isles, Betasia, Socialist Benelux, Vostokian Union, British Norklon, Cath Slar, Savinecross, Greater Icelandia, Nieuw Gent, Kadict, Aragonja, Great Hanover, Mallesia, Pilipinas and Malaya, Dorenstad, Hylandian Republic, New Eestiball, Zanexlan, Heermiinaa, Estellan, South St Maarten, Epistimi Evimeria, Skorvalia, Ashckar, Arguistan, Pinenses, Nuweland, New Hevania, Migurson, Corsovica, Anskerdank, Turkenia, Kanokla, San Guglielmo, Someseni, Titoist Yugoslavia, Wollaberg, The Great Owen, Rhinowolf, Amicities, The States of Texas and Arkansas, United Communes of Chile, Bluemerica, Tristinity, Trixeland, Great New Sealand, Transthysciam, The New Dawn Imperium, Rheinland-Westphalia, Ti-yor, Corosky, Iseverynametaken, Christian Terra, Kyrica, Uzbek Khan, Catlania, Armra, Valtrona, Eski, Elania Kingdom, Anglo-Francios, New Lorlshinialand, Anglo-Bergany, Asparagusia, Gluria, Hanover-Westphalia, Eco-Paris Reformation, Olympinus, Mynox, Kasmirna, Othenhiem, Ithersta, Linsenmitspaetzlistan, A Thousand Mosquitoes, Nova Babilonia, Mariannie, Greater Dragunovia, Woschia, South Villotla, Jebatga, Northwest North Dakota, Gelais, Cannystan, Gliesetonia, Kapka, Bareu, Historically accurate land of memes, San Forya, Nuevo Europa, Lizberzand, Kase, Brittany Normandy Aquitaine, United Kingdoms of Scandinavia, Brodeus, The Albanian Provinces, Neurks Boodal, Thanianberg, Sonnenstadt, Zulrich, Danubenia, Stromia, European Narrra, The Brabants, Lillistroniralocksne, Renway, Azerbimenia, En Hassik, Maalat, Usengecler, Arubiania, Nazakhstan Empire, The Anarchist Masses, CrYpToNuS, Anmola, Bohomo, Estoniia, Berlin and Hanover, New Sloverica, Hansereul, Sunrice, The Oriental Orchids, Aquatos, and Khuravia.

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