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The FREE SOUTH PACIFIC of Melicorium

“Workers of the world, unite!”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the South Pacific

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Melicorium

Population927 million

CapitalCypress
LeaderChairman Stan Melix

Currencydollar
Animalmourning dove

The FREE SOUTH PACIFIC of Melicorium is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Chairman Stan Melix with a fair hand, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, rampant corporate plagiarism, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 927 million Americans hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, corrupt, liberal, outspoken government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Education, Administration, and Industry also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cypress. The average income tax rate is 83.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Melicorian economy, worth 121 trillion dollars 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 Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Retail. 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 131,370 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Veterans' meet-ups involve a lot of tail sniffing, a sledgehammer and a spray can are seen as the default tools of political debate, pocket dialling is a criminal offence, and voter turnout for the election of the Junior Assistant for Non-Digital Media Strategies has been unsurprisingly low. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Melicorium's national animal is the mourning dove, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Melicorium is ranked 185,300th in the world and 6,835th in the South Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -5.48 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Most Influential: 1,071stLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,847thTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,095thMost Secular: 3,192ndRudest Citizens: 4,794thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,861stTop
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Most Inclusive: 10,496thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,989thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,982ndMost Developed: 12,195thLargest Retail Industry: 12,692ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,766thMost Efficient Economies: 13,318thLargest Black Market: 13,697thLargest Governments: 13,956thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,998thSmartest Citizens: 14,475thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,904thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,949thMost Politically Free: 15,595thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15,938thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,564thHighest Average Incomes: 18,285thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 20,275th
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 38th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 47th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 107th in the regionMost Secular: 131st in the regionRudest Citizens: 161st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 231st in the regionMost Politically Free: 262nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 342nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 342nd in the regionMost Developed: 353rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 357th in the regionLargest Governments: 381st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 381st in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 383rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 396th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 419th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 427th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 439th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 444th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 447th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 469th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 504th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 528th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 529th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 740th in the region

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