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The Hya3Chair of Melicorium

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Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific

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Melicorium

Population2.602 billion

CapitalNew Barcelona
LeaderPresident Stan Melix

Currencypeso
Animalsea lion

The Hya3Chair of Melicorium is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by President Stan Melix with a fair hand, and notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 2.602 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, outspoken government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Administration, Industry, and Education are also considered important, while Spirituality receives no funds. 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 383 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 147,448 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 88,964th in the world and 1,136th in the South Pacific for Largest Populations, with 2.60 billion Capita.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,453rdTop
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Most Secular: 3,047thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,481stRudest Citizens: 5,771stHighest Poor Incomes: 6,667thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,084thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,691stMost Inclusive: 8,246thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,425thLargest Governments: 9,364thMost Efficient Economies: 10,872ndMost Developed: 11,552ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,747thTop
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Most Influential: 12,551stLargest Black Market: 13,341stLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,524thSmartest Citizens: 13,571stMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,111thHighest Average Incomes: 14,772ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,242ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,610thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,870thMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,046thMost Beautiful Environments: 17,777thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,097thLongest Average Lifespans: 19,491stMost Politically Free: 20,096thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20,927thMost Income Equality: 22,163rdLargest Retail Industry: 22,165thMost Cultured: 23,238thLargest Publishing Industry: 23,286th
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 33rd in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 101st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 117th in the regionRudest Citizens: 202nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 208th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 210th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 240th in the regionLargest Governments: 253rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 255th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 270th in the regionMost Inclusive: 290th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 335th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 338th in the regionMost Developed: 355th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 409th in the regionTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 416th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 424th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 447th in the regionLargest Black Market: 493rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 496th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 508th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 524th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 551st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 563rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 575th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 589th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 644th in the regionMost Cultured: 680th in the regionNudest: 686th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 708th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 740th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 788th in the regionMost Armed: 790th in the region

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