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Most Stationary: 9,307th Most Rebellious Youth: 10,392nd Largest Black Market: 10,922nd
The Scientific Protectorate of
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Population8.883 billion

LeaderLord Tau
FaithSecular Humanism


The Scientific Protectorate of Alcubierre is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Lord Tau with a fair hand, and notable for its frequent executions, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 8.883 billion Alcubierreans enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The enormous government prioritizes Defense, although Healthcare, Law & Order, and Environment are also considered important, while Spirituality receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Eureka. The average income tax rate is 67.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Alcubierrean economy, worth 398 trillion Credits a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Pizza Delivery, Trout Farming, and Basket Weaving. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is 44,910 Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Alcubierre's leader goes out to lunch surrounded by large men in dark glasses, pregnancy is being used by teenage girls as a quick way to making pocket money, Secular Humanism has been named as Alcubierre's national religion, and Lord Tau has been known to threaten dissenting citizens with a machine gun at press conferences. Crime is relatively low, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Alcubierre's national animal is the Penguin, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Secular Humanism.

Alcubierre is ranked 62,879th in the world and 97th in Wintreath for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring 2,234.82 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

Most Stationary: 9,307thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,392ndLargest Black Market: 10,922ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,702nd
Most Stationary: 8th in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 15th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 23rd in the regionMost Average: 24th in the regionLargest Populations: 25th in the region

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