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Rudest Citizens: 1,325thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,832ndFattest Citizens: 2,529th
The Waking Nightmare of
New York Times Democracy
We fought a war to prevent this world!
Takeshi Kovacs
Influence
Squire
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excessive

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Altered Carbon

Population3.343 billion

CapitalBay City
LeaderTakeshi Kovacs
FaithQuellism

CurrencyStack
AnimalNeedlecaster

The Waking Nightmare of Altered Carbon is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Takeshi Kovacs with a fair hand, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, infamous sell-swords, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 3.343 billion Envoys enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The relatively small, corrupt, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bay City. The average income tax rate is 17.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Human economy, worth 601 trillion Stacks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Soda Sales. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 180,058 Stacks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Crime is on the rise as online youths compete to vlog the most shocking scenes of violence, almost all of the nation's water is piped into the country from abroad for exorbitant prices, the art of conversation has been rediscovered, and when you fly on Air Altered Carbon you win a seat or you die. Crime, especially youth-related, is a problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Altered Carbon's national animal is the Needlecaster, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Quellism.

Altered Carbon is ranked 194,745th in the world and 16th in Q102 for Most Authoritarian, with 202.99 milliStalins.

Top
1%
Rudest Citizens: 1,325thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,832ndTop
5%
Fattest Citizens: 2,529thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,931stHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,996thLargest Retail Industry: 3,056thMost Avoided: 3,950thLargest Mining Sector: 3,980thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,665thLargest Insurance Industry: 5,766thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,710thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,724thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,119thMost Efficient Economies: 8,179thHighest Average Incomes: 8,427thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,183rdMost Armed: 10,228thTop
10%
Most Secular: 11,013thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,462ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12,071stLargest Gambling Industry: 12,463rdLargest Black Market: 13,144thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13,272ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 13,627thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,648thSmartest Citizens: 14,932ndMost Subsidized Industry: 16,464thMost Cultured: 16,472ndMost Politically Free: 16,523rdHighest Drug Use: 17,595thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 18,809thMost Inclusive: 19,998thLargest Publishing Industry: 21,852nd
Top
10%
Most Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Altered Carbon was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Altered Carbon was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate and the Top 10% for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Altered Carbon lodged a message on the Q102 Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Altered Carbon, when you fly on Air Altered Carbon you win a seat or you die.
  • : Following new legislation in Altered Carbon, the art of conversation has been rediscovered.
  • : Following new legislation in Altered Carbon, almost all of the nation's water is piped into the country from abroad for exorbitant prices.
  • : Following new legislation in Altered Carbon, crime is on the rise as online youths compete to vlog the most shocking scenes of violence.
  • : Following new legislation in Altered Carbon, Human actors literally work from cradle to grave.
  • : Following new legislation in Altered Carbon, Altered Carbon is notorious for its citizens' infidelity.
  • : Following new legislation in Altered Carbon, many aides in Takeshi Kovacs's office are known to be serial jaywalkers.

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