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The Rainy Day of Melancholy

“I guess it's got something to do with luck”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Deutschland

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Melancholy

Population5.608 billion

CapitalSighs
Leadera pile of nitwits
Faithanything goth

CurrencyGold
Animalspider

The Rainy Day of Melancholy is a colossal, pleasant nation, ruled by a pile of nitwits with an even hand, and notable for its burgeoning spider population. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 5.608 billion Melancholics have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sighs. The average income tax rate is 15.8%.

The Melancholyian economy, worth 268 trillion Golds a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Cheese Exports, and Book Publishing. Average income is 47,816 Golds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.2 times as much as the poorest.

Babies living in poverty are told to take responsibility for their own fortunes, the government is spending millions on lawyers' fees trying to get a pile of nitwits off a murder charge, both illness and poverty are seen as signs of low moral worth, and mall countdown clocks warn that there are only 364 more shopping days until Maxxmas. Crime is moderate. Melancholy's national animal is the spider and its national religion is anything goth.

Melancholy is ranked 146,825th in the world and 30th in Deutschland for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -6.32 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Most Average: 13,028thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 15,330th
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Average: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Melancholy's influence in Deutschland rose from "Page" to "Squire".
  • : Melancholy's influence in Deutschland rose from "Shoeshiner" to "Page".
  • : Melancholy changed its national animal to "spider".
  • : Following new legislation in Melancholy, mall countdown clocks warn that there are only 364 more shopping days until Maxxmas.
  • : Following new legislation in Melancholy, both illness and poverty are seen as signs of low moral worth.
  • : Melancholy changed its national leader to "a pile of nitwits".
  • : Melancholy was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Cheese Export Sector.
  • : Melancholy changed its national nation type to "Rainy Day".
  • : Melancholy changed its national capital to "Sighs", its demonym to "Melancholic", its faith to "anything goth", its leader to "nitwits", its motto to "I guess it's got something to do with luck", and its nation type to "Rainy day".
  • : Following new legislation in Melancholy, the government is spending millions on lawyers' fees trying to get a pile of nitwits off a murder charge.

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