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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,454thMost Secular: 3,032ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,583rd
The Local Councillor of
Left-wing Utopia
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Population2.804 billion

CapitalNew Barcelona
LeaderPresident Stan Melix

Animalsea lion

The Local Councillor of Melicorium is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by President Stan Melix with a fair hand, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, unlimited-speed roads, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 2.804 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, liberal, outspoken government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Administration, Industry, and Education also on the agenda, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. 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 413 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 147,529 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 1,454th in the world and 32nd in the South Pacific for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 25,375.77 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,454thTop
Most Secular: 3,032ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,583rdRudest Citizens: 5,841stHighest Poor Incomes: 6,700thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,095thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,706thMost Inclusive: 8,256thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,333rdLargest Governments: 9,426thMost Patriotic: 9,557thMost Efficient Economies: 10,910thMost Developed: 11,474thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 11,820thMost Influential: 12,498thLargest Black Market: 12,955thHighest Food Quality: 13,301stSmartest Citizens: 13,477thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,499thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,069thHighest Average Incomes: 14,854thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,219thMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,248thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,487thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,567thMost Beautiful Environments: 17,185thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,473rdLongest Average Lifespans: 19,195thMost Politically Free: 20,309thMost Income Equality: 21,551stLargest Retail Industry: 21,913thMost Cultured: 22,847thHighest Drug Use: 22,934th
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 32nd in the regionTop
Most Secular: 96th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 122nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 199th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 209th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 212th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 249th in the regionLargest Governments: 259th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 265th in the regionMost Patriotic: 270th in the regionMost Politically Free: 272nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 304th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 334th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 341st in the regionMost Developed: 367th in the regionTop
Highest Drug Use: 410th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 420th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 424th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 426th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 458th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 458th in the regionLargest Black Market: 479th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 489th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 516th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 544th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 557th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 571st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 573rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 635th in the regionNudest: 656th in the regionMost Cultured: 688th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 747th in the regionMost Armed: 766th in the region

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