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Most Stationary: 9,695th Largest Black Market: 11,056th Most Rebellious Youth: 11,154th
The Scientific Protectorate of
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Population8.355 billion

LeaderLord Tau
FaithSecular Humanism


The Scientific Protectorate of Alcubierre is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Lord Tau with a fair hand, and renowned for its frequent executions, anti-smoking policies, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 8.355 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, with Law & Order, Healthcare, and Environment also on the agenda, 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 375 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 22,638th in the world and 22nd in Wintreath for Most Average, scoring 47.37 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

Most Stationary: 9,695thLargest Black Market: 11,056thMost Rebellious Youth: 11,154thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,509thBest Weather: 17,575th
Most Stationary: 10th in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 16th in the regionMost Average: 22nd in the region

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