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Largest Black Market: 11,008th Most Stationary: 11,100th Most Rebellious Youth: 12,049th
The Scientific Protectorate of
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The Scientific Protectorate of Alcubierre is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Lord Tau with a fair hand, and remarkable for its anti-smoking policies, keen interest in outer space, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 7.434 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 333 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 124,015th in the world and 159th in Wintreath for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 69,388.26 Standard Monetary Units.

Largest Black Market: 11,008thMost Stationary: 11,100thMost Rebellious Youth: 12,049thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,189thBest Weather: 15,286th
Most Stationary: 12th in the regionLargest Black Market: 17th in the region

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