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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd Most Pro-Market: 3rd Largest Soda Pop Sector: 106th
The Free Domes of
Capitalizt
We flourish together as free men and women
Regional Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Excessive
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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The Free Domes of Meridiani Planum is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Steven Dessler with an even hand, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, sprawling nuclear power plants, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 22.813 billion Meridians enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, liberal, pro-business individuals juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Prometheus Dome. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Meridian economy, worth a remarkable 6,413 trillion libras a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Soda Sales industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 281,144 libras, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,725,882 per year while the poor average 1,398, a ratio of 1,948 to 1.

Thousands of former welfare recipients are in a revolutionary uproar as the rest of society is enjoying a hefty tax break, 'A is for Annulment' is a popular children's song, leather-clad individuals can be seen walking their slaves in public parks, and euthanasia is legal. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Meridiani Planum's national animal is the beaver, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Eudaimonism.

Meridiani Planum is ranked 174,643rd in the world and 265th in Capitalist Paradise for Most Income Equality, scoring 0.05 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

Top
1%
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rdMost Pro-Market: 3rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 106thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 121stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 259thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 269thFattest Citizens: 286thRudest Citizens: 382ndHighest Crime Rates: 431stMost Armed: 563rdHighest Economic Output: 594thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 712thMost Avoided: 817thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 872ndMost Rebellious Youth: 975thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,021stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,118thLargest Retail Industry: 1,119thLargest Mining Sector: 1,169thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,220thHighest Average Incomes: 1,481stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,483rdLargest Publishing Industry: 1,758thTop
5%
Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,419thLargest Populations: 2,470thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 3,320thSmartest Citizens: 4,068thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,295thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,406thLargest Insurance Industry: 4,420thMost Secular: 4,761stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,039thNudest: 7,271stHighest Drug Use: 7,929thLargest Black Market: 8,109thTop
10%
Most Extreme: 9,028thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 9,028thLeast Corrupt Governments: 10,665thMost Stationary: 11,644thLargest Agricultural Sector: 12,875thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13,260th
Top
1%
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionTop
5%
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 10th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 13th in the regionMost Extreme: 13th in the regionTop
10%
Fattest Citizens: 14th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 14th in the regionNudest: 14th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 15th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 15th in the regionLargest Populations: 16th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 16th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 17th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 19th in the regionRudest Citizens: 19th in the regionMost Armed: 20th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 22nd in the regionMost Secular: 23rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 23rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Meridiani Planum was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Meridiani Planum was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Meridiani Planum was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : Meridiani Planum was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : Meridiani Planum was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Meridiani Planum was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector and the Top 5% for Largest Black Market.
  • : Meridiani Planum was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Average Incomes and Largest Gambling Industry.
  • : Meridiani Planum was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Meridiani Planum was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Cheese Export Sector.
  • : Meridiani Planum was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Cheese Export Sector.

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