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Melville Island

Population2.682 billion

LeaderLillian Beaulieu

CurrencyCanadian Dollar
AnimalPolar bear

The True North Strong and Free of Melville Island is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Lillian Beaulieu with a fair hand, and notable for its state-planned economy, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The democratic population of 2.682 billion Melvillians 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 medium-sized, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Foxden. The average income tax rate is 40.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Melvillian economy, worth 80.4 trillion Canadian Dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Soda Sales, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Average income is 29,972 Canadian Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Elderly prisoners with severe dementia are reminded hourly that they are evil people by helpful nurse-wardens, the nation's faithful often say there is a higher power watching over them, the children of Melville Island are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence, and the military has declared war on all religious influence. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Melville Island's national animal is the Polar bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Melville Island is ranked 261,117th in the world and 121st in Canada for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 34,903 Standard Monetary Units.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 26,501stLeast Corrupt Governments: 26,543rd
Most Politically Free: 9th in the region

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