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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 147thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 169thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 187th
The Free Domes of
Capitalizt Self-Congratulatory Merchant Bankers
We flourish together as free men and women
Steven Dessler
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Meridiani Planum

Population31.642 billion

CapitalPrometheus Dome
LeaderSteven Dessler
FaithEudaimonism

Currencylibra
Animalbeaver

The Free Domes of Meridiani Planum is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Steven Dessler with an even hand, and remarkable for its digital currency, keen interest in outer space, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 31.642 billion Meridians enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, pro-business individuals juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Prometheus Dome. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Meridian economy, worth a remarkable 9,281 trillion libras a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Soda Sales industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 293,338 libras, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,362,802 per year while the poor average 37,944, a ratio of 35.9 to 1.

Future forecasters fearfully discuss grey goo and human obsolescence, the nation leads Capitalist Paradise in per capita stalking, high school bands practice by moonlight, and nobody is allowed to stop the local daycare from reading Nietzsche to pre-schoolers. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Meridiani Planum's national animal is the beaver, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Eudaimonism.

Meridiani Planum is ranked 1,623rd in the world and 25th in Capitalist Paradise for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 7,919.99 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 147thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 169thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 187thFattest Citizens: 356thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 375thHighest Crime Rates: 443rdHighest Economic Output: 572ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 670thMost Avoided: 704thMost Armed: 706thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 835thMost Rebellious Youth: 842ndLargest Gambling Industry: 948thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,013thLargest Mining Sector: 1,073rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,120thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,121stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,375thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,623rdRudest Citizens: 1,784thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,824thLargest Populations: 2,039thLargest Retail Industry: 2,172ndHighest Average Incomes: 2,232ndTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,486thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,709thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,789thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,662ndSmartest Citizens: 5,691stMost Stationary: 6,014thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,209thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,626thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,256thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,491stTop
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Largest Black Market: 15,121stMost Secular: 15,627thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,544thMost Pro-Market: 17,181stHighest Drug Use: 17,349thMost Influential: 20,078thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 22,042nd
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7th in the regionFattest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 9th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 10th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 10th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 11th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 12th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12th in the regionMost Avoided: 13th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13th in the regionLargest Populations: 15th in the regionMost Armed: 16th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 16th in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 17th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 17th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 18th in the regionMost Stationary: 19th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 22nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 22nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 25th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 25th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 26th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 27th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, nobody is allowed to stop the local daycare from reading Nietzsche to pre-schoolers.
  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, high school bands practice by moonlight.
  • : Meridiani Planum was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, the nation leads Capitalist Paradise in per capita stalking.
  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, future forecasters fearfully discuss grey goo and human obsolescence.
  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, imitation is the sincerest form of felony.
  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, nature magazines featuring stick insects on their covers are sometimes mistaken for fashion magazines.
  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, male tourists tend to be fearful of Meridiani Planum's deadly femme fatales.
  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, children must be board certified to append "Jr" to their name.
  • : Following new legislation in Meridiani Planum, police detectives carry phrenology calipers as part of their standard kit.

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