Most Pro-Market: 2nd Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd Largest Soda Pop Sector: 116th
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The Free Domes of Meridiani Planum is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Steven Dessler with an even hand, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, sprawling nuclear power plants, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 20.639 billion Meridians enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, liberal, pro-business individuals juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Prometheus Dome. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Meridian economy, worth a remarkable 5,802 trillion libras a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Soda Sales industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 281,144 libras, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,725,882 per year while the poor average 1,398, a ratio of 1,948 to 1.

Thousands of former welfare recipients are in a revolutionary uproar as the rest of society is enjoying a hefty tax break, 'A is for Annulment' is a popular children's song, leather-clad individuals can be seen walking their slaves in public parks, and euthanasia is legal. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Meridiani Planum's national animal is the beaver, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Eudaimonism.

Meridiani Planum is ranked 188,691st in the world and 359th in Capitalist Paradise for Most Ignorant Citizens, with 0.72 Missed References Per Hour.

Most Pro-Market: 2ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 116thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 129thRudest Citizens: 225thFattest Citizens: 233rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 240thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 329thHighest Crime Rates: 416thMost Armed: 554thHighest Economic Output: 607thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 666thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 710thLargest Retail Industry: 816thMost Avoided: 910thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,059thLargest Mining Sector: 1,233rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,259thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,298thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,462ndHighest Average Incomes: 1,471stMost Secular: 1,512thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,792ndTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,970thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,088thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,264thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,271stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 2,431stLargest Populations: 2,663rdSmartest Citizens: 3,191stLargest Insurance Industry: 4,356thHighest Drug Use: 5,729thNudest: 6,838thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,003rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,923rdMost Extreme: 7,943rdLargest Black Market: 8,721stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,947thTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 11,486thLargest Agricultural Sector: 12,382ndMost Efficient Economies: 18,621st
Most Pro-Market: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 3rd in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 10th in the regionFattest Citizens: 10th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 11th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 11th in the regionRudest Citizens: 12th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 12th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 12th in the regionMost Secular: 12th in the regionMost Extreme: 14th in the regionLargest Populations: 17th in the regionNudest: 17th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 17th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 19th in the regionTop
Largest Retail Industry: 20th in the regionMost Armed: 20th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 21st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 21st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 21st in the regionMost Avoided: 22nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 22nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 26th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 28th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 28th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 38th in the region

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  • : Meridiani Planum was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Meridiani Planum was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Nudest.
  • : Meridiani Planum was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Meridiani Planum was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Soda Pop Sector, Highest Average Incomes, Highest Wealthy Incomes, Largest Gambling Industry, and Fattest Citizens.
  • : Meridiani Planum was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Most Extreme (last census: Top 5%).
  • : Meridiani Planum was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Rudest Citizens (last census: Top 5%).
  • : Meridiani Planum was ranked in the Top 5% of the region for Most Extreme (last census: Top 10%).
  • : Meridiani Planum was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Most Extreme (last census: Top 5%).
  • : Meridiani Planum was ranked in the Top 1% of the region for Most Extensive Civil Rights (last census: #1).
  • : Meridiani Planum was ranked #1 in the region for Most Extensive Civil Rights (last census: Top 1%).


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