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The Crystalline Minerals of Manark IV

“The sandbats appear to be inert rocks until they attack”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
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Location: United Earth Space Probe Agency

Regional Influence: Squire


The Crystalline Minerals of Manark IV is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Wellman Starnes with a fair hand, and renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, complete lack of prisons, and irreverence towards religion. The democratic population of 2.219 billion Manarkians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Manark IV City. The average income tax rate is 50.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Manarkian economy, worth 62.3 trillion Rock Crystals a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient black market in Book Publishing, Information Technology, Furniture Restoration, and Uranium Mining. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 28,098 Rock Crystals, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Politicians preface their speeches with a declaration that any resemblance to speeches given by individuals living or dead is purely coincidental, the nation leads United Earth Space Probe Agency for unlikely accidents and truffle consumption, museums have more touchscreens on display than artifacts, and human sacrifice to the metaphorical altar of Mammon ensures national prosperity. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Manark IV's national animal is the Sand Bat, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Manark IV is ranked 215,611th in the world and 213th in United Earth Space Probe Agency for Fattest Citizens, with 7.01 Obesity Rate.

Most Secular: 7,562ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,742ndTop
Most Income Equality: 12,235thMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,038th
Most Secular: 16th in the regionMost Politically Free: 18th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 21st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 23rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 23rd in the region

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