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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,454thMost Secular: 3,047thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,591st
The Local Councillor of
Left-wing Utopia
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Population2.83 billion

CapitalNew Barcelona
LeaderPresident Stan Melix

Animalsea lion

The Local Councillor of Melicorium is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by President Stan Melix with a fair hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, compulsory military service, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 2.83 billion Melicorians 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, although Administration, Industry, and Education are also considered important, while Spirituality receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Barcelona. The average income tax rate is 91.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Melicorian economy, worth 417 trillion pesos 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 black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Book Publishing. 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 147,529 pesos, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Skin-tone prom dresses are more unpopular than ever, hand-to-hand combat experience is udderly essential for all dairy ranchers, the government is well known for declaring war on other countries for suspected slights, and sullen teenagers in bright orange 'community payback' onesies can be seen picking litter at the roadside. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Melicorium's national animal is the sea lion, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Melicorium is ranked 13,248th in the world and 457th in the South Pacific for Highest Food Quality, scoring 137.66 on the Meeshlin-Starr Index.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,454thTop
Most Secular: 3,047thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,591stRudest Citizens: 5,850thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,722ndMost Subsidized Industry: 7,023rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,675thMost Inclusive: 8,262ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,271stLargest Governments: 9,419thMost Patriotic: 9,516thMost Efficient Economies: 10,889thMost Developed: 11,475thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 11,797thMost Influential: 12,489thLargest Black Market: 12,686thHighest Food Quality: 13,248thSmartest Citizens: 13,496thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,503rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,090thHighest Average Incomes: 14,901stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,021stMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,154thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,315thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,399thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,701stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,094thLongest Average Lifespans: 19,141stMost Politically Free: 19,180thMost Income Equality: 21,417thLargest Retail Industry: 21,811thHighest Drug Use: 21,868thMost Cultured: 22,811th
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 32nd in the regionTop
Most Secular: 96th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 118th in the regionRudest Citizens: 200th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 202nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 216th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 250th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 256th in the regionLargest Governments: 261st in the regionMost Patriotic: 262nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 285th in the regionMost Inclusive: 308th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 316th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 344th in the regionMost Developed: 370th in the regionTop
Highest Drug Use: 413th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 423rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 427th in the regionLargest Black Market: 428th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 430th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 457th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 462nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 496th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 501st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 534th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 540th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 542nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 550th in the regionNudest: 636th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 640th in the regionMost Cultured: 691st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 725th in the regionMost Armed: 758th in the region

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