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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 130th Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 162nd Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 206th
The Free Domes of
Capitalist Paradise
We flourish together as free men and women
Steven Dessler
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Meridiani Planum

Population27.854 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 remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, daily referendums, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 27.854 billion Meridians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, pro-business individuals prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Education, and Industry are also considered important, while Spirituality and Social Policy aren't funded at all. 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 7,940 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 285,058 libras, with the richest citizens earning 9.6 times as much as the poorest.

Saturday morning cartoons feature full frontal nudity, a stocking with a crooked seam or a tie without a full Windsor knot are grounds for instant dismissal, it is said that a Meridian woman's work is never done, and blind students are at a disadvantage now that test papers printed in braille have been discontinued. 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 580th in the world and 12th in Capitalist Paradise for Highest Economic Output, with 7,940 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 130thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 162ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 206thFattest Citizens: 337thHighest Crime Rates: 424thMost Armed: 556thHighest Economic Output: 580thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 685thHighest Disposable Incomes: 725thMost Avoided: 751stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 855thMost Rebellious Youth: 864thLargest Gambling Industry: 869thLargest Mining Sector: 964thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,076thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,150thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,168thRudest Citizens: 1,389thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 1,758thHighest Average Incomes: 1,913thLargest Retail Industry: 1,980thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,028thLargest Populations: 2,190thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,288thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,784thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,325thSmartest Citizens: 5,382ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,877thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,316thMost Stationary: 7,033rdHighest Drug Use: 7,459thTop
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Most Pro-Market: 7,756thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8,526thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,945thLargest Black Market: 9,040thMost Secular: 13,118thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,923rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 14,628th
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 7th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 9th in the regionFattest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 10th in the regionMost Armed: 10th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 10th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 12th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 12th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 12th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 14th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 15th in the regionMost Avoided: 15th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15th in the regionTop
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Largest Gambling Industry: 16th in the regionLargest Populations: 17th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 18th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 18th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 19th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 21st in the regionRudest Citizens: 23rd in the regionMost Stationary: 26th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 27th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 29th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, blind students are at a disadvantage now that test papers printed in braille have been discontinued.
  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, it is said that a Meridian woman's work is never done.
  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, a stocking with a crooked seam or a tie without a full Windsor knot are grounds for instant dismissal.
  • : Meridiani Planum was reclassified from "Capitalizt" to "Capitalist Paradise".
  • : Meridiani Planum was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, Saturday morning cartoons feature full frontal nudity.
  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, the state considers itself the 'third parent' of every child in the nation.
  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, there's never enough space in space.
  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, customer satisfaction with online delivery services is at an all time high.
  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, teen gangs are encouraged to take drugs.

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