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The Local Councillor of Melicorium

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Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Location: the South Pacific

Regional Influence: Sprat

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The Local Councillor of Melicorium is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by President Stan Melix with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, state-planned economy, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 2.446 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 is ignored. 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 360 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 53,280th in the world and 874th in the South Pacific for Highest Economic Output, with 360 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,440thTop
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Most Secular: 3,030thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,360thRudest Citizens: 5,709thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,735thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,020thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,629thMost Inclusive: 8,256thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,352ndLargest Governments: 9,319thMost Efficient Economies: 10,816thMost Developed: 11,559thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,693rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 12,011thTop
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Most Influential: 12,488thLargest Black Market: 13,543rdSmartest Citizens: 13,580thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,625thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,196thHighest Average Incomes: 14,776thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,743rdMost Advanced Public Education: 16,929thMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,348thMost Beautiful Environments: 17,595thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,990thLongest Average Lifespans: 19,582ndMost Politically Free: 20,495thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20,934thLargest Retail Industry: 22,268thMost Income Equality: 22,409thMost Cultured: 23,412thLargest Publishing Industry: 23,413thHighest Drug Use: 24,399th
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 33rd in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 102nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 110th in the regionRudest Citizens: 204th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 205th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 213th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 233rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 243rd in the regionLargest Governments: 253rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 264th in the regionMost Inclusive: 288th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 314th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 334th in the regionMost Developed: 344th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 389th in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 408th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 411th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 416th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 440th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 467th in the regionLargest Black Market: 477th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 517th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 544th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 557th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 562nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 570th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 627th in the regionNudest: 660th in the regionMost Cultured: 680th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 681st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 694th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 772nd in the regionMost Armed: 772nd in the region

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