by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,548thMost Influential: 1,815thMost Secular: 2,917th
The Spooky Legisoldier of
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Population1.38 billion

LeaderChairman Stan Melix
Faithstate atheism

Animalmourning dove

The Spooky Legisoldier of Melicorium is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Chairman Stan Melix with a fair hand, and remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, rampant corporate plagiarism, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 1.38 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 receive no funds. 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 195 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 5,400th in the world and 205th in the South Pacific for Most Subsidized Industry, scoring 9,069.94 on the Gilded Widget Scale.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,548thMost Influential: 1,815thTop
Most Secular: 2,917thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,080thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,400thRudest Citizens: 5,881stHighest Poor Incomes: 6,717thMost Inclusive: 8,536thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,777thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,920thLargest Governments: 10,350thMost Efficient Economies: 10,702ndTop
Most Developed: 11,684thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,405thLargest Black Market: 13,582ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,033rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,120thSmartest Citizens: 14,664thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,064thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,354thHighest Average Incomes: 15,659thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,019thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,074thMost Beautiful Environments: 18,164thLongest Average Lifespans: 19,864thMost Politically Free: 20,101stLargest Retail Industry: 21,509thMost Income Equality: 22,489th
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 32nd in the regionTop
Most Secular: 110th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 157th in the regionRudest Citizens: 167th in the regionMost Influential: 187th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 202nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 205th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 234th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 255th in the regionLargest Governments: 285th in the regionMost Politically Free: 290th in the regionMost Inclusive: 291st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 303rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 332nd in the regionMost Developed: 351st in the regionLargest Black Market: 371st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 409th in the regionTop
Smartest Citizens: 445th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 446th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 452nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 478th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 511th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 515th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 524th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 547th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 586th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 651st in the regionNudest: 659th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 718th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 770th in the regionMost Armed: 778th in the region

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