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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,548thMost Influential: 1,799thMost Secular: 2,919th
The Spooky Legisoldier of
Left-wing Utopia
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Melicorium

Population1.374 billion

CapitalCypress
LeaderChairman Stan Melix
Faithstate atheism

Currencydollar
Animalmourning dove

The Spooky Legisoldier of Melicorium is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Chairman Stan Melix with a fair hand, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, irreverence towards religion, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 1.374 billion Americans 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, although Administration, Industry, and Education are also considered important, 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 90.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Melicorian economy, worth 195 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 141,964 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Melicorium's children are widely acknowledged as the most foul-mouthed in the region, terrified tympanists are finding themselves on the front lines armed only with kettledrums, the nation has declared war on all passing comets, and excited shovel-bearing geeks wander the countryside. 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 177,754th in the world and 6,557th in the South Pacific for Least Corrupt Governments, with 91.45 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,548thMost Influential: 1,799thTop
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Most Secular: 2,919thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,070thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,397thRudest Citizens: 5,889thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,724thMost Inclusive: 8,546thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,756thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,911thLargest Governments: 10,341stMost Efficient Economies: 10,691stTop
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Most Developed: 11,674thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,400thLargest Black Market: 13,644thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,017thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,112thSmartest Citizens: 14,666thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,089thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,336thHighest Average Incomes: 15,685thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,994thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,087thMost Beautiful Environments: 18,142ndLongest Average Lifespans: 19,828thMost Politically Free: 20,075thLargest Retail Industry: 21,511thMost Income Equality: 22,432nd
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 32nd in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 111th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 159th in the regionRudest Citizens: 167th in the regionMost Influential: 186th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 207th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 207th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 230th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 255th in the regionLargest Governments: 286th in the regionMost Politically Free: 289th in the regionMost Inclusive: 291st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 304th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 324th in the regionMost Developed: 353rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 372nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 412th in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 447th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 452nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 453rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 479th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 513th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 520th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 525th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 549th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 591st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 652nd in the regionNudest: 660th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 718th in the regionMost Armed: 776th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 777th in the region

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