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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

Population7.313 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 remarkable for its burgeoning spider population. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 7.313 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 16.5%.

The Melancholyian economy, worth 343 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 46,929 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 21,732nd in the world and 2nd in Deutschland for Most Average, scoring 51 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 20,032nd
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Most Average: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Melancholy was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Average.
  • : Melancholy was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : Melancholy was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : Melancholy was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : Melancholy was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : Melancholy's influence in Deutschland rose from "Zero" to "Squire".
  • : Melancholy relocated from Equilism to Deutschland.
  • : Melancholy's influence in Equilism rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Melancholy was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Survivors.
  • : Melancholy was struck by a Mk IV (Pacifier) Cure Missile from The Federal Republic of Evanisia, curing 1 million infected.

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