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Largest Populations: 931st Highest Economic Output: 6,339th Largest Welfare Programs: 6,488th
The Queen's State of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Peace and Serenity
the Governor
Regional Influence
Truckler
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Very Good

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The Queen's State of Meldrum is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by the Governor with an even hand, and remarkable for its avowedly heterosexual populace, suspicion of poets, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-working population of 28.256 billion Meldrumians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The enormous government prioritizes Welfare, with Environment, Education, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Spirituality receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Capital Heights. The average income tax rate is 68.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Meldrumian economy, worth a remarkable 1,493 trillion betales a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Woodchip Exports, Basket Weaving, and Information Technology. Average income is 52,845 betales, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Sections of the police receive paramilitary training, weathermen are being arrested for attempting to read the future, the tax agency is feared more than serial killers and terrorists, and children have taken to using semaphore in light of the recent mobile phone ban. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Meldrum's national animal is the deer, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is none.

Meldrum is ranked 50,393rd in the world and 8th in The Bandits for Highest Drug Use, scoring 82.2 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

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Highest Economic Output: 6,339thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,488thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 11,692ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,901stMost Average: 15,121st
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionMost Average: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionBest Weather: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the region

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