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Population1.228 billion

LeaderChairman Stan Melix
Faithstate atheism

Animalmourning dove

The Nationalism Leads To Fascism of Melicorium is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Chairman Stan Melix with a fair hand, and renowned for its compulsory military service, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 1.228 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 are ignored. 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 175 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 7,046th in the world and 201st in the South Pacific for Highest Poor Incomes, with 118,239.06 Standard Monetary Units.

Most Influential: 1,515thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,633rdTop
Most Secular: 2,864thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,894thRudest Citizens: 5,035thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,686thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,046thMost Inclusive: 8,481stHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,424thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,708thMost Efficient Economies: 10,602ndLargest Governments: 10,657thTop
Most Developed: 11,734thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,707thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,393rdLargest Black Market: 13,723rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,230thSmartest Citizens: 14,468thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,932ndHighest Average Incomes: 15,160thLargest Retail Industry: 15,916thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,333rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,071stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,919thMost Politically Free: 18,393rdLongest Average Lifespans: 20,791stMost Beautiful Environments: 21,222nd
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 32nd in the regionTop
Most Secular: 108th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 143rd in the regionMost Influential: 148th in the regionRudest Citizens: 154th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 201st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 206th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 239th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 272nd in the regionLargest Governments: 283rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 288th in the regionMost Inclusive: 290th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 300th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 309th in the regionMost Developed: 350th in the regionLargest Black Market: 374th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 414th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 429th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 437th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 438th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 518th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 518th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 530th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 542nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 588th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 700th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 717th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 732nd in the regionNudest: 762nd in the regionMost Armed: 831st in the region

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