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The Democratic Republic of Melody

“The ceremony of innocence is drowned”

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

Regional Influence: Duckspeaker

Location: The Trunk of a Pontiac Tempest

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Melody

Population7.662 billion

CurrencyShiny Green Things
AnimalCat

The Democratic Republic of Melody is a colossal, safe nation, notable for its burgeoning Cat population. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 7.662 billion Melodyians 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 medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 23.0%.

The Melodyian economy, worth 373 trillion Shiny Green Things a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Uranium Mining industry, with major contributions from Soda Sales, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. Average income is 48,795 Shiny Green Things, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.6 times as much as the poorest.

Public loudspeakers constantly tell citizens they are "happy people", all government facilities are built in the subterranean citadel of Melody City, the government is notorious for leaving citizens with almost nothing from their inheritance, and governments opposing Melody are beset by rebels. Crime is well under control, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Melody's national animal is the Cat, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Melody is ranked 119,995th in the world and 28th in The Trunk of a Pontiac Tempest for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 22.96 Effective Tax Rate.

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Most Primitive: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Average: 2nd in the region

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