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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,427th Largest Populations: 6,457th Most Cheerful Citizens: 6,956th
The Federal Alkoulian Republic of
Democratic Socialists
To the republic!
Regional Influence
Page
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Good

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The Federal Alkoulian Republic of Alkoul is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by President Pierson with an even hand, and notable for its prohibition of alcohol, unlimited-speed roads, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, devout population of 15.048 billion Alkoulians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Environment. The average income tax rate is 91.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Alkoulian economy, worth a remarkable 1,344 trillion Crowns a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 89,349 Crowns, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Third party candidates are now gaining some representation in Parliament, sociologists can charge whatever fee they like as the nation tries to find itself, houses and businesses are bulldozed to make way for ever-expanding cemeteries, and the national guard is mobilized whenever a mother gets separated from her child at the mall. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Alkoul's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Alkoul is ranked 36,248th in the world and 30th in The Commonwealth of Crowns for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 90.06 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,427thLargest Populations: 6,457thMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,956thHighest Economic Output: 7,381stHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,389thBest Weather: 7,490thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,765thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,114thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,352ndLargest Welfare Programs: 8,686thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,764thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,377thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,755thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,139thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,633rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,821stLargest Governments: 13,264thMost Pacifist: 13,518thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,765thNicest Citizens: 13,817thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,448thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,160th
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Income Equality: 3rd in the region

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