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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,455thMost Secular: 3,051stLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,497th
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Melicorium

Population2.614 billion

CapitalNew Barcelona
LeaderPresident Stan Melix

Currencypeso
Animalsea lion

The Local Councillor of Melicorium is a massive, safe nation, ruled by President Stan Melix with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 2.614 billion Melicorians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, corrupt, outspoken government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Administration, Industry, and Education also on the agenda, while Spirituality receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Barcelona. The average income tax rate is 91.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Melicorian economy, worth 385 trillion pesos a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Book Publishing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 147,448 pesos, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Skin-tone prom dresses are more unpopular than ever, hand-to-hand combat experience is udderly essential for all dairy ranchers, the government is well known for declaring war on other countries for suspected slights, and sullen teenagers in bright orange 'community payback' onesies can be seen picking litter at the roadside. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Melicorium's national animal is the sea lion, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Melicorium is ranked 160,538th in the world and 5,708th in the South Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 128.35 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Most Secular: 3,051stLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,497thRudest Citizens: 5,790thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,660thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,089thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,707thMost Inclusive: 8,250thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,421stLargest Governments: 9,370thMost Efficient Economies: 10,870thMost Developed: 11,534thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,778thTop
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Most Influential: 12,563rdLargest Black Market: 13,321stLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,523rdSmartest Citizens: 13,561stMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,107thHighest Average Incomes: 14,781stMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,300thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,581stMost Advanced Public Education: 16,868thMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,011thMost Beautiful Environments: 17,743rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,060thLongest Average Lifespans: 19,484thMost Politically Free: 20,091stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20,913thLargest Retail Industry: 22,172ndMost Income Equality: 22,191stMost Cultured: 23,214thLargest Publishing Industry: 23,303rd
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 32nd in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 100th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 113th in the regionRudest Citizens: 200th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 208th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 212th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 240th in the regionLargest Governments: 252nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 262nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 271st in the regionMost Inclusive: 292nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 334th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 338th in the regionMost Developed: 352nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 408th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 409th in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 418th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 445th in the regionLargest Black Market: 492nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 495th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 508th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 521st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 546th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 561st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 570th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 586th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 639th in the regionMost Cultured: 675th in the regionNudest: 683rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 701st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 728th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 777th in the regionMost Armed: 793rd in the region

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