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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,457thMost Secular: 3,035thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,567th
The Local Councillor of
Left-wing Utopia
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Population2.799 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 remarkable for its museums and concert halls, compulsory military service, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 2.799 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, liberal, outspoken government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Administration, Industry, and Education also on the agenda, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. 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 412 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 147,529 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 36,571st in the world and 763rd in the South Pacific for Most Armed, with 2.13 Weapons Per Person.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,457thTop
Most Secular: 3,035thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,567thRudest Citizens: 5,854thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,705thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,100thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,708thMost Inclusive: 8,258thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,336thLargest Governments: 9,424thMost Patriotic: 9,554thMost Efficient Economies: 10,902ndMost Developed: 11,479thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 11,839thMost Influential: 12,515thLargest Black Market: 12,984thHighest Food Quality: 13,322ndSmartest Citizens: 13,484thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,516thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,081stHighest Average Incomes: 14,841stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,229thMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,237thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,531stMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,602ndMost Beautiful Environments: 17,209thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,496thLongest Average Lifespans: 19,225thMost Politically Free: 20,238thMost Income Equality: 21,673rdLargest Retail Industry: 21,941stMost Cultured: 22,892ndHighest Drug Use: 22,948th
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 32nd in the regionTop
Most Secular: 95th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 122nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 198th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 208th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 212th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 248th in the regionLargest Governments: 258th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 264th in the regionMost Politically Free: 269th in the regionMost Patriotic: 270th in the regionMost Inclusive: 305th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 334th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 342nd in the regionMost Developed: 366th in the regionTop
Highest Drug Use: 409th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 421st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 424th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 428th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 456th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 460th in the regionLargest Black Market: 478th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 490th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 515th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 544th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 554th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 569th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 572nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 635th in the regionNudest: 652nd in the regionMost Cultured: 689th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 747th in the regionMost Armed: 763rd in the region

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