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Population1.245 billion

LeaderChairman Stan Melix
Faithstate atheism

Animalmourning dove

The Nationalism Leads To Fascism of Melicorium is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Chairman Stan Melix with a fair hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 1.245 billion Americans hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, corrupt, outspoken government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Administration, Industry, and Education also on the agenda, while Spirituality and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cypress. The average income tax rate is 88.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Melicorian economy, worth 178 trillion dollars 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, quite specialized black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Retail. 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 143,168 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Older ladies are inundated with offers to help them cross the road, ice-filled coffins are ominously positioned in the corner of every hospital ward, government bureaucrats devote many man-hours to trying to measure unquantifiables, and the nation's soldiers often believe they're in the Air Force. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Melicorium's national animal is the mourning dove, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is state atheism.

Melicorium is ranked 159,482nd in the world and 5,850th in the South Pacific for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring -3.16 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

Most Influential: 1,550thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,635thTop
Most Secular: 2,877thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,905thRudest Citizens: 5,006thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,690thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,098thMost Inclusive: 8,484thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,410thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,730thMost Efficient Economies: 10,605thLargest Governments: 10,660thTop
Most Developed: 11,726thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,757thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,425thLargest Black Market: 13,732ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,225thSmartest Citizens: 14,531stMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,974thHighest Average Incomes: 15,220thLargest Retail Industry: 15,976thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,317thMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,063rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,877thMost Politically Free: 18,351stLongest Average Lifespans: 20,823rdMost Beautiful Environments: 21,191st
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 31st in the regionTop
Most Secular: 108th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 141st in the regionMost Influential: 152nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 153rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 205th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 205th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 239th in the regionMost Politically Free: 267th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 273rd in the regionLargest Governments: 282nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 287th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 300th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 305th in the regionMost Developed: 345th in the regionLargest Black Market: 374th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 406th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 427th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 434th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 439th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 512th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 522nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 528th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 541st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 583rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 696th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 697th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 712th in the regionNudest: 731st in the regionMost Armed: 801st in the region

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