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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,883rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,859thLargest Gambling Industry: 5,040th
The Federation of
Father Knows Best State
Don't Steal Darkesia's Chocolate!
Influence
Squire
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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ALON 18

Population2.576 billion

CapitalNew Starlisle
LeaderCocoa
FaithNaturism

CurrencyBrick
AnimalPuppy

The Federation of ALON 18 is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Cocoa with an iron fist, and renowned for its deadly medical pandemics, enslaved workforce, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 2.576 billion Aloneans are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Starlisle. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 14.5%.

The very strong Alonean economy, worth 184 trillion Bricks 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, fairly diversified black market in Gambling, Basket Weaving, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. 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 71,616 Bricks, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 296,973 per year while the poor average 11,322, a ratio of 26.2 to 1.

Everyone apparently sends Cocoa hair-filled lockets, offers to die heroically, and poetic desires to co-parent a child, citizens complain about a burning sensation after bathing, Cocoa affectionately nicknames supporters by number, and citizens who leave the country are officially classed as traitors. Crime is moderate, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. ALON 18's national animal is the Puppy, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Naturism.

ALON 18 is ranked 70,611th in the world and 280th in Nihon for Most Primitive, scoring 25.36 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,883rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,859thLargest Gambling Industry: 5,040thTop
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Most Devout: 14,878thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19,927thMost Valuable International Artwork: 22,364thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 22,467th
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 15th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 19th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 22nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 23rd in the regionMost Cultured: 28th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 33rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 39th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 41st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 42nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 44th in the regionMost Devout: 46th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 49th in the regionMost Armed: 59th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 64th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in ALON 18, citizens who leave the country are officially classed as traitors.
  • : Following new legislation in ALON 18, Cocoa affectionately nicknames supporters by number.
  • : Following new legislation in ALON 18, citizens complain about a burning sensation after bathing.
  • : Following new legislation in ALON 18, everyone apparently sends Cocoa hair-filled lockets, offers to die heroically, and poetic desires to co-parent a child.
  • : Following new legislation in ALON 18, the population's jaw muscles put sharks to shame.
  • : Following new legislation in ALON 18, euthanasia is illegal.
  • : Following new legislation in ALON 18, tours to see the 'wild men of the mountains' are popular with tourists from the big cities.
  • : Following new legislation in ALON 18, political cartoonists are known for their distinctive odour.
  • : Following new legislation in ALON 18, it is often said that only Cocoa could bring down Dàguó.
  • : Following new legislation in ALON 18, the pursuit of wanted criminals ends at the entrance of the pay'n'spray garage as police refuse to enter any private property.

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