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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,945th Largest Populations: 6,879th Most Cheerful Citizens: 7,134th
The Royal Kingdom of
Democratic Socialists
Tini okiea alkoul
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The Royal Kingdom of Alkoul is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by King Andrew with an even hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, unlimited-speed roads, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, devout population of 14.5 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 1,295 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 Hamster, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Alkoul is ranked 55,204th in the world and 35th in The Commonwealth of Crowns for Largest Black Market, with 740 billion Standard Monetary Units.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,945thLargest Populations: 6,879thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,134thBest Weather: 7,515thHighest Economic Output: 7,618thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,985thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,995thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,461stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,565thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,052ndLargest Welfare Programs: 9,484thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,697thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,942ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,031stLongest Average Lifespans: 12,692ndMost Advanced Public Education: 13,998thLargest Governments: 14,105thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,229thMost Pacifist: 14,494thNicest Citizens: 14,593rdHighest Poor Incomes: 15,049thMost Rebellious Youth: 17,352ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,954th
Largest Populations: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 4th in the regionTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 7th in the regionBest Weather: 7th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 7th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 8th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 8th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8th in the region

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