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Most Influential: 404th Least Corrupt Governments: 2,032nd Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,097th
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Population5.42 billion

LeaderPresident Karahelios


The Marvelous Misadventures of Alkasia is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by President Karahelios with a fair hand, and notable for its anti-smoking policies, daily referendums, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 5.42 billion Alkasians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Arcsine. The average income tax rate is 86.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Alkasian economy, worth 736 trillion alkas a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 135,831 alkas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Organ donation rates are among the lowest in the region, the government is continually probing the galaxy in search of alien life, newspapers are running a front-page picture of President Karahelios holding a crowbar and standing over a bloodied stockbroker, and police aim to defeat hatred with love with their "hugs-for-thugs" program. Crime is totally unknown. Alkasia's national animal is the dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Alkasia is ranked 169,248th in the world and 6,442nd in the Rejected Realms for Largest Mining Sector, scoring -27.2 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Most Influential: 404thTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 2,032ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,097thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,292ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,320thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,832ndMost Beautiful Environments: 4,957thMost Inclusive: 5,198thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,287thBest Weather: 5,338thMost Cultured: 5,592ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,604thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,718thNicest Citizens: 5,759thMost Developed: 6,084thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 6,126thNudest: 6,702ndLargest Publishing Industry: 6,890thMost Pacifist: 6,984thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,089thHealthiest Citizens: 7,128thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,219thMost Politically Free: 7,687thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,140thMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,170thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,232ndSmartest Citizens: 8,356thTop
Safest: 9,369thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,904thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,947thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,152ndLargest Governments: 10,581stMost Rebellious Youth: 10,897thMost Secular: 13,702ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13,992ndLowest Crime Rates: 14,927thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,208thHighest Average Incomes: 16,114th
Most Influential: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 14th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 46th in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 89th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 117th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 124th in the regionMost Cultured: 125th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 126th in the regionMost Inclusive: 128th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 130th in the regionNicest Citizens: 135th in the regionMost Developed: 137th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 139th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 144th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 146th in the regionBest Weather: 149th in the regionMost Pacifist: 153rd in the regionNudest: 161st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 163rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 174th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 175th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 178th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 181st in the regionSafest: 189th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 192nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 202nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 222nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 235th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 242nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 247th in the regionLargest Governments: 256th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 310th in the regionMost Secular: 317th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 336th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 355th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 360th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 390th in the regionMost Politically Free: 442nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 478th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 643rd in the region

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