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You must be one of those Gall-Peters "lets make Africa look like a limp dong" map proponents.
Mercator was not made and is not used for political purposes. When it's used in publishing, it's because the square format of the projection fits nicely on a single vertical-formatted book page. If the publisher is opting for something across 2 pages, they'll typically use a reference map such as Robinson or Winkel-Tripel.
Mercator IS used in places like Google maps, because it's great for navigation.