by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,543rdMost Influential: 1,856thMost Secular: 2,910th
The Spooky Legisoldier of
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Population1.392 billion

LeaderChairman Stan Melix
Faithstate atheism

Animalmourning dove

The Spooky Legisoldier of Melicorium is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Chairman Stan Melix with a fair hand, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, keen interest in outer space, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 1.392 billion Americans are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, corrupt, liberal, outspoken government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Administration, Industry, and Education also on the agenda, while Spirituality and International Aid are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cypress. The average income tax rate is 90.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Melicorian economy, worth 197 trillion dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, quite specialized black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Retail. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 141,964 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Melicorium's children are widely acknowledged as the most foul-mouthed in the region, terrified tympanists are finding themselves on the front lines armed only with kettledrums, the nation has declared war on all passing comets, and excited shovel-bearing geeks wander the countryside. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Melicorium's national animal is the mourning dove, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is state atheism.

Melicorium is ranked 32,468th in the world and 659th in the South Pacific for Nudest, with 204.75 Cheeks Per Square Mile.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,543rdMost Influential: 1,856thTop
Most Secular: 2,910thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,101stMost Subsidized Industry: 5,427thRudest Citizens: 5,891stHighest Poor Incomes: 6,750thMost Inclusive: 8,542ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,818thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,927thLargest Governments: 10,411thMost Efficient Economies: 10,739thTop
Most Developed: 11,849thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,469thLargest Black Market: 13,539thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,134thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,316thSmartest Citizens: 14,829thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,118thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,342ndHighest Average Incomes: 15,695thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,976thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,352ndMost Beautiful Environments: 18,137thLongest Average Lifespans: 19,970thMost Politically Free: 20,072ndLargest Retail Industry: 21,515thMost Income Equality: 22,253rd
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 31st in the regionTop
Most Secular: 110th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 154th in the regionRudest Citizens: 165th in the regionMost Influential: 192nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 207th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 207th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 236th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 254th in the regionLargest Governments: 283rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 286th in the regionMost Politically Free: 288th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 304th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 332nd in the regionMost Developed: 358th in the regionLargest Black Market: 374th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 410th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 447th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 449th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 451st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 478th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 519th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 520th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 533rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 556th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 582nd in the regionNudest: 659th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 660th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 721st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 772nd in the regionMost Armed: 784th in the region

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