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Meccania is a place where dissenters are punished by being sent to insane asylums and concentration camps. The State maintains a Eugenic breeding policy and demands that the population produce children.
Censorship by the Meccania government is wide-spread and all telephone conversations are monitored and postal letters, looked at.
There exists a caste system and all citizens wear the uniforms of their respective classes. Among the very complex regulations of the Super-State are those regarding control of worker fatigue: if a given worker's calculated fatigue level is below average, he must work more hours until he is as tired as his compatriots.
The story's time frame story is set to the year 1970.
A young Chinese traveler named Ming Yuen-hwuy enters Meccania for a five-month stay. Ming's diary and notes describe his dreary and dehumanizing sojourn in a country where the militaristic government dominates social life. Meccania, is a place of "perpetual propaganda" and presents Ming with "an odd mixture of arrogance, xenophobia, over-punctiliousness, over-organization, chauvinism, and rigidity." He is constantly observed by official guides and irritates his State over-seer when he tries to find a newspaper; he gets into more trouble when the personal record he is required to keep does not match the records of his guides with perfect exactness.
Ming also learns the history of Meccania — how "Bludiron" (Otto von Bismarck) organized the nation to resist the socialism of "Spotts" (a pun on the surname of Karl Marx).
The author even includes an eerie anticipation of the Nazi-Soviet Pact. He writes that Meccania and Lugurbria have an alliance—but when Lugrabia is reluctant to accept new treaty terms, the Meccanians threaten an air assault.
Meccania, the "most prophetic" work of its genre, and anticipates the social despotism of Stalin as well as the horrific militarism of Hitler.
The dystopian novel "Meccania: the Super-State" was first published in 1918.
It is noteworthy as "A remarkable forecast of the origin and development of totalitarianism."
The book describes the mythical country of "Meccania," a nation in Central Europe with obviously resembles Germany. Meccania is surrounded by "Franconia" (France), "Luniland" (Britain), and "Lugrabia" (Russia).