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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd Most Pro-Market: 3rd Largest Soda Pop Sector: 103rd
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, deadly medical pandemics, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 23.326 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 6,557 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 150,463rd in the world and 245th in Capitalist Paradise for Most Compassionate Citizens, scoring 9.66 on the Kitten Softness Rating.

Top
1%
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rdMost Pro-Market: 3rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 103rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 119thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 249thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 272ndFattest Citizens: 286thHighest Crime Rates: 434thRudest Citizens: 441stMost Armed: 569thHighest Economic Output: 593rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 726thMost Avoided: 835thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 972ndMost Rebellious Youth: 972ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,028thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,119thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,155thLargest Mining Sector: 1,171stLargest Retail Industry: 1,308thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,431stHighest Average Incomes: 1,507thTop
5%
Largest Publishing Industry: 1,798thLargest Populations: 2,441stMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,445thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 3,528thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,949thSmartest Citizens: 4,283rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,607thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,772ndMost Secular: 4,774thNudest: 6,134thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,694thHighest Drug Use: 6,871stTop
10%
Largest Black Market: 7,808thMost Extreme: 8,207thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8,216thLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,808thMost Stationary: 10,751stLargest Agricultural Sector: 12,212thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12,325th
Top
1%
Most Pro-Market: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionTop
5%
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6th in the regionNudest: 9th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 10th in the regionFattest Citizens: 12th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 12th in the regionMost Extreme: 13th in the regionTop
10%
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 14th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 14th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 16th in the regionLargest Populations: 16th in the regionMost Armed: 17th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 18th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 19th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 20th in the regionRudest Citizens: 21st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 23rd in the regionMost Secular: 24th in the regionMost Avoided: 24th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 25th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 26th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 27th 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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