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Most Efficient Economies: 133rd Most Cheerful Citizens: 134th Nicest Citizens: 250th
The Royal Concord of
Capitalist Paradise
Truth will set you free
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Population11.423 billion

LeaderKing Álvaro IV


The Royal Concord of Alterrum is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by King Álvaro IV with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, triple-decker prams, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The compassionate, hard-working, cheerful, devout population of 11.423 billion Alterrans are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The relatively small government prioritizes Education, although Industry, Social Policy, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Idryll. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 83.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Alterran economy, worth a remarkable 2,560 trillion mercators a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 224,139 mercators, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,015,456 per year while the poor average 30,356, a ratio of 33.5 to 1.

Children raised in multi-faith households claim the other deity would let them stay up later, clowns are being rounded up and admitted to mental institutions, songs in 4/4 time are simply too common for the musical cognoscenti, and the "temporary replacement bus service" is now a permanent fixture. Crime is totally unknown. Alterrum's national animal is the orca, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Buddhadharma.

Alterrum is ranked 162,934th in the world and 1,107th in 10000 Islands for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -9.38 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most Efficient Economies: 133rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 134thNicest Citizens: 250thMost Compassionate Citizens: 387thMost Cultured: 431stLargest Publishing Industry: 453rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 541stLargest Information Technology Sector: 557thMost Developed: 801stSmartest Citizens: 850thMost Rebellious Youth: 906thLongest Average Lifespans: 965thMost Scientifically Advanced: 991stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,068thBest Weather: 1,134thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,190thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,273rdMost Pacifist: 1,581stTop
Most Inclusive: 1,749thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,814thHealthiest Citizens: 1,918thSafest: 2,062ndMost Advanced Public Education: 2,573rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,854thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,107thHighest Average Incomes: 4,114thHighest Economic Output: 4,443rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,661stLargest Governments: 7,002ndTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,697thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,975thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 10,978thMost Devout: 11,072ndMost Influential: 11,686thLowest Crime Rates: 12,630th
Most Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionMost Cultured: 9th in the regionNicest Citizens: 9th in the regionTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 12th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 17th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 20th in the regionMost Developed: 21st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 21st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 23rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 24th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 26th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 28th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 28th in the regionBest Weather: 29th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 37th in the regionMost Inclusive: 37th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 41st in the regionMost Pacifist: 44th in the regionSafest: 46th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 48th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 52nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 57th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 71st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 74th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 77th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 98th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 100th in the regionMost Devout: 105th in the regionLargest Governments: 109th in the region

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