Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1,018thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,253rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,345th
The Commonwealth of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Through Gold and Steel
Influence
Power
Founder
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Merchantile Guilds

Population9.237 billion

CapitalVyshtorg
LeaderAmbiorix
FaithChoppyism

CurrencyGold Skywhale
AnimalSwan

The Commonwealth of Merchantile Guilds is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Ambiorix with an iron fist, and notable for its rum-swilling pirates, digital currency, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 9.237 billion Mercs are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The tiny, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vyshtorg. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Merc economy, worth a remarkable 1,906 trillion Gold Skywhales a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Gambling. Average income is an amazing 206,377 Gold Skywhales, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,540,920 per year while the poor average 8,077, a ratio of 190 to 1.

Anti-government web sites are springing up, birdsong in the mountains has to be loud enough to drown out nearby jackhammers, people can get away with murder these days, and EULAs remind customers that "Private Mode" is a browser setting rather than a promise. Crime is a major problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Merchantile Guilds's national animal is the Swan, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Choppyism.

Merchantile Guilds is ranked 235,008th in the world and 2nd in The World of Guns of Icarus for Highest Poor Incomes, with 8,077.12 Standard Monetary Units.

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1,018thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,253rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,345thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,383rdLargest Retail Industry: 1,503rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,564thFattest Citizens: 2,221stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,258thTop
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Most Avoided: 2,718thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,768thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,984thHighest Crime Rates: 3,771stMost Armed: 4,396thRudest Citizens: 5,089thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,229thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,438thLargest Mining Sector: 5,522ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,686thHighest Average Incomes: 6,878thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,588thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,900thMost Efficient Economies: 7,929thMost Secular: 9,757thHighest Economic Output: 10,279thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,841stLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,005thTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 13,638thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,105thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 15,402ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 15,814thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 17,731stMost Cultured: 18,855thSmartest Citizens: 23,394thMost Subsidized Industry: 24,999th

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