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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 141stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 168thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 206th
The Free Domes of
Capitalizt
We flourish together as free men and women
Steven Dessler
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Meridiani Planum

Population29.971 billion

CapitalPrometheus Dome
LeaderSteven Dessler
FaithEudaimonism

Currencylibra
Animalbeaver

The Free Domes of Meridiani Planum is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Steven Dessler with an even hand, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, smutty television, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cheerful population of 29.971 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, pro-business individuals juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. 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 8,766 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 Retail. Average income is an amazing 292,498 libras, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,391,514 per year while the poor average 36,198, a ratio of 38.4 to 1.

Gun-wielding criminals always wear appropriate eye and ear protection, the government's suicide hotline now redirects callers to local tax lawyers, sleep-deprived officials are known to collapse after late night revision for their examinations, and the Snapgram channel "Embarrassing Baby Steven Dessler Pics" has made Steven Dessler's mom a celebrity. 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 205,596th in the world and 332nd in Capitalist Paradise for Highest Average Tax Rates, with -256.92 Effective Tax Rate.

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1%
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 141stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 168thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 206thFattest Citizens: 350thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 378thHighest Crime Rates: 435thHighest Economic Output: 580thMost Armed: 677thHighest Disposable Incomes: 701stMost Avoided: 726thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 798thMost Rebellious Youth: 830thLargest Gambling Industry: 939thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,011thLargest Mining Sector: 1,024thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,151stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,238thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,291stRudest Citizens: 1,598thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,722ndLargest Publishing Industry: 1,891stLargest Retail Industry: 2,008thTop
5%
Largest Populations: 2,091stHighest Average Incomes: 2,126thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,299thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,958thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,650thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,771stSmartest Citizens: 5,520thMost Stationary: 6,354thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,449thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,354thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,859thTop
10%
Largest Black Market: 12,333rdMost Pro-Market: 13,174thHighest Drug Use: 13,974thMost Secular: 14,745thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 18,138thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,664th
Top
5%
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 9th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 9th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 9th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 10th in the regionFattest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Armed: 11th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 11th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 12th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 14th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 15th in the regionMost Avoided: 15th in the regionLargest Populations: 16th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16th in the regionTop
10%
Most Pro-Market: 18th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 18th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 19th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 20th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 20th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 20th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 20th in the regionMost Stationary: 21st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 24th in the regionRudest Citizens: 27th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 27th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 31st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 33rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, the Snapgram channel "Embarrassing Baby Steven Dessler Pics" has made Steven Dessler's mom a celebrity.
  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, sleep-deprived officials are known to collapse after late night revision for their examinations.
  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, the government's suicide hotline now redirects callers to local tax lawyers.
  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, gun-wielding criminals always wear appropriate eye and ear protection.
  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, an increasingly villainous series of sports coaches are demanding the national mascot's true identity.
  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, the government regularly reassures citizens that there are no monsters under their beds.
  • : Meridiani Planum was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes and the Top 10% for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, rumor has it that Steven Dessler has won three lotteries in a row.
  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, it's best not to ask what goes into Prometheus Dome Fried Chicken's secret blend of herbs and spices.
  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, labour strikes are routinely squashed by police.

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