by Max Barry

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Most Extreme: 7th Most Authoritarian: 118th Most Conservative: 182nd
The Queen's State of
Psychotic Dictatorship
the Governor
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Deck


Population5.954 billion

CapitalCapital Heights
Leaderthe Governor


The Queen's State of Alkeefer is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by the Governor with an iron fist, and notable for its restrictive gun laws, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical population of 5.954 billion Alkeeferians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Law & Order, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Capital Heights. The average income tax rate is 70.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Alkeeferian economy, worth 26.7 trillion betales a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Trout Farming, Basket Weaving, Tourism, and Soda Sales. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 4,485 betales, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Midnight raids drag couples from their homes in the name of decency, Rupert Bear is considered to be the most risqué TV programme in Alkeefer, poaching has been on the rise after animals from the nation's zoos were released into the wild, and The Governor has just been declared ruler of Alkeefer in an international press conference. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Alkeefer's national animal is the deer, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Alkeefer is ranked 154,580th in the world and 1st in Trainsylvinea for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring 232.54 on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

Most Extreme: 7thMost Authoritarian: 118thMost Conservative: 182ndMost Income Equality: 350thTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 4,819th

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