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The Parliamentary Republic of Melenavenia

“Division equates death.”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: Refugia



Population1.337 billion

CapitalDistrict of Patricia
LeaderPrime Minister Dahlia DuPont

Animalpolar bear

The Parliamentary Republic of Melenavenia is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Prime Minister Dahlia DuPont with a fair hand, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, state-planned economy, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.337 billion Melenanesians 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 enormous, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of District of Patricia. The average income tax rate is 86.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Melenanese economy, worth 150 trillion MDS a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 112,855 MDS, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The installation of street lights across remote goat tracks has left citizens bemused, social networking sites have discussion groups devoted to planning terrorist attacks, racial and religious segregation has become rife as the various groups are loath to mingle, and the nation is renowned abroad for its love of blood and guts. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Melenavenia's national animal is the polar bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Melenavenia is ranked 193,060th in the world and 36th in Refugia for Fattest Citizens, with 6.5 Obesity Rate.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,771stTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 2,155thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,393rdSafest: 2,599thMost Pacifist: 3,832ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,714thNicest Citizens: 5,320thBest Weather: 5,435thMost Inclusive: 6,965thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,165thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,176thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,427thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,528thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,642ndHealthiest Citizens: 7,813thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,855thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,065thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,526thMost Developed: 8,745thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,183rdLowest Crime Rates: 9,539thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,284thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,334thTop
Smartest Citizens: 11,395thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,191stLargest Governments: 14,040thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,444thMost Cultured: 16,537thMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,921stMost Influential: 18,099thLargest Publishing Industry: 19,236thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20,043rd
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionTop
Safest: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the region

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