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Population19.838 billion

CapitalMadinah Al Salam
LeaderSultan Saladin Mursili


The Sultanate of Mursilis is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Sultan Saladin Mursili with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 19.838 billion Mursilisians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Madinah Al Salam. The average income tax rate is 88.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Mursilisian economy, worth a remarkable 1,566 trillion Dinars a year, is extremely specialized and solely comprised of the Tourism industry. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 78,966 Dinars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Coffee cups have grown in size to accommodate the huge ingredients list, there's an aura of pseudoscience around academia, foreign governments are threatened if they so much as mention the word "election", and Scoutmasters debate whether luxury log cabins defeat the purpose of camping. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Mursilis's national animal is the Kiwi, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Mursilis is ranked 263,616th in the world and 227th in Shinka for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -18.27 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Most Beautiful Environments: 2,989thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,782ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,292ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,375thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,647thSafest: 9,098thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,507thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,321stMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,319thLargest Populations: 11,442ndNicest Citizens: 11,957thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,190thMost Cultured: 12,536thMost Rebellious Youth: 12,606thHighest Food Quality: 12,938thHighest Economic Output: 13,017thLeast Corrupt Governments: 13,064thTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 15,098thSmartest Citizens: 15,414thHealthiest Citizens: 15,507thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 16,058thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,240thMost Pacifist: 16,429thMost Developed: 18,899thLargest Welfare Programs: 19,207thLowest Crime Rates: 19,868thLargest Governments: 21,983rdMost Subsidized Industry: 25,528th
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 6th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 6th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7th in the regionNicest Citizens: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Cultured: 7th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 7th in the regionSafest: 8th in the regionMost Developed: 8th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 9th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 10th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionLargest Governments: 11th in the regionTop
Most Pacifist: 12th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14th in the regionMost Politically Free: 16th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 16th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 18th in the regionMost Inclusive: 22nd in the region

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