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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,442ndMost Secular: 3,044thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,359th
The Local Councillor of
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Population2.401 billion

CapitalNew Barcelona
LeaderPresident Stan Melix

Animalsea lion

The Local Councillor of Melicorium is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by President Stan Melix with a fair hand, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, ubiquitous missile silos, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 2.401 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, although Administration, Industry, and Education are also considered important, 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 354 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 238,272nd in the world and 7,788th in the South Pacific for Largest Mining Sector, scoring -15.36 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,442ndTop
Most Secular: 3,044thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,359thRudest Citizens: 5,711thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,762ndMost Subsidized Industry: 7,034thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,642ndMost Inclusive: 8,252ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,355thLargest Governments: 9,341stMost Efficient Economies: 10,839thMost Developed: 11,534thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,685thMost Influential: 11,737thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,880thTop
Smartest Citizens: 13,595thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,619thLargest Black Market: 13,647thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,224thHighest Average Incomes: 14,817thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,797thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,982ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,369thMost Beautiful Environments: 17,707thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,043rdLongest Average Lifespans: 19,663rdMost Politically Free: 20,684thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 21,023rdLargest Retail Industry: 22,228thMost Income Equality: 22,485thLargest Publishing Industry: 23,387thMost Cultured: 23,467thHighest Drug Use: 24,414th
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 32nd in the regionTop
Most Secular: 103rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 113th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 204th in the regionRudest Citizens: 206th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 210th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 238th in the regionMost Politically Free: 246th in the regionLargest Governments: 258th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 264th in the regionMost Inclusive: 283rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 308th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 337th in the regionMost Developed: 345th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 383rd in the regionTop
Smartest Citizens: 414th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 419th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 419th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 440th in the regionLargest Black Market: 481st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 482nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 523rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 543rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 559th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 561st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 574th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 628th in the regionNudest: 667th in the regionMost Cultured: 676th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 684th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 691st in the regionMost Influential: 741st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 759th in the regionMost Armed: 768th in the region

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