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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd Most Pro-Market: 2nd Largest Soda Pop Sector: 113th
The Free Domes of
Capitalizt
We flourish together as free men and women
Steven Dessler
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Excessive
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Meridiani Planum

Population24.393 billion

CapitalPrometheus Dome
LeaderSteven Dessler
FaithEudaimonism

Currencylibra
Animalbeaver

The Free Domes of Meridiani Planum is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Steven Dessler with an even hand, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, keen interest in outer space, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 24.393 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 6,859 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 281,225 libras, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,726,665 per year while the poor average 1,399, a ratio of 1,948 to 1.

Nude art is becoming wildly popular, bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of, passionate nomination battles are often as intense as general elections, and daisy chain gangs plant flowers and pick up litter. 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 4,806th in the world and 31st in Capitalist Paradise for Smartest Citizens, with 115.24 Quips Per Hour.

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2ndMost Pro-Market: 2ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 113thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 126thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 233rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 270thFattest Citizens: 305thHighest Crime Rates: 467thHighest Economic Output: 581stMost Armed: 625thRudest Citizens: 710thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 752ndMost Avoided: 859thMost Rebellious Youth: 976thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,060thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,072ndLargest Mining Sector: 1,181stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,195thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,234thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,396thHighest Drug Use: 1,643rdHighest Average Incomes: 1,674thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 1,791stLargest Retail Industry: 1,793rdLargest Populations: 2,332ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,355thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,905thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 4,396thSmartest Citizens: 4,806thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,217thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,532ndNudest: 6,682ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,026thTop
10%
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 8,511thLargest Black Market: 8,574thLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,078thMost Stationary: 9,591stMost Extreme: 10,376thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12,439thLargest Agricultural Sector: 13,786thMost Secular: 14,491st
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Most Pro-Market: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionTop
5%
Highest Drug Use: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 7th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 10th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 11th in the regionTop
10%
Highest Economic Output: 13th in the regionFattest Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Extreme: 14th in the regionNudest: 15th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 15th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 15th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 17th in the regionLargest Populations: 17th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 17th in the regionMost Armed: 18th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 18th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 20th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 21st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 22nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 23rd in the regionMost Avoided: 24th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, daisy chain gangs plant flowers and pick up litter.
  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, passionate nomination battles are often as intense as general elections.
  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of.
  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, nude art is becoming wildly popular.
  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, the art of conversation has been rediscovered.
  • : Meridiani Planum was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Drug Use.
  • : Meridiani Planum was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Meridiani Planum was cleansed by a Level 5 Invasion Tactical Zombie Elimination Squad from The Kingdom of Niborea, killing 10 million zombies.
  • : Meridiani Planum was struck by a Mk IV (Pacifier) Cure Missile from The Federal Empire of Shakunik, curing 4 million infected.
  • : Meridiani Planum was struck by a Mk IV (Pacifier) Cure Missile from The Colony of Western Kodiaks, curing 5 million infected.

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