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Most Subsidized Industry: 2,716th Largest Insurance Industry: 2,743rd Largest Information Technology Sector: 3,478th
The Democratic States of
Father Knows Best State
Louis Vuitton's my Gee!
Nikolay Kapustin
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Alwaysthebest

Population2.606 billion

CapitalArs-en-Ré
LeaderNikolay Kapustin
FaithCatholic

CurrencyEuros
AnimalElasmotherium

The Democratic States of Alwaysthebest is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Nikolay Kapustin with an iron fist, and remarkable for its otherworldly petting zoo, smutty television, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 2.606 billion Elégie 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 medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ars-en-Ré. The average income tax rate is 74.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Rachmaninoff economy, worth 479 trillion Euros a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 184,140 Euros, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

One-man canoes fitted with the latest tracking technology leave no room for one man, foreign musicians that Nikolay Kapustin dislikes are turned away at the border, truth is often impossible to tell from fiction on the evening news, and court verdicts are predictable to within a hundredth of a percentage point. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Alwaysthebest's national animal is the Elasmotherium, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Catholic.

Alwaysthebest is ranked 44,787th in the world and 73rd in The Kingdom of Great Britain for Highest Disposable Incomes, with 47,139.9 Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Subsidized Industry: 2,716thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,743rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,478thLargest Retail Industry: 3,486thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,754thLargest Black Market: 4,063rdFattest Citizens: 4,763rdLargest Mining Sector: 6,372ndRudest Citizens: 6,998thHighest Average Incomes: 7,189thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,291stTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 7,945thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,218thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,630thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,674thMost Efficient Economies: 9,735thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,028thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11,171stMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,118thSmartest Citizens: 12,420thMost Developed: 13,515thMost Secular: 14,034thLargest Governments: 14,451stMost Cultured: 14,692nd
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Most Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 7th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 8th in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Black Market: 11th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 11th in the regionRudest Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 15th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 17th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 17th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 18th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 19th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Alwaysthebest was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Alwaysthebest, court verdicts are predictable to within a hundredth of a percentage point.
  • : Following new legislation in Alwaysthebest, truth is often impossible to tell from fiction on the evening news.
  • : Following new legislation in Alwaysthebest, foreign musicians that Nikolay Kapustin dislikes are turned away at the border.
  • : Alwaysthebest was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Alwaysthebest, one-man canoes fitted with the latest tracking technology leave no room for one man.
  • : Following new legislation in Alwaysthebest, professional athletes can't see balls amid the deluge of advertisements.
  • : Following new legislation in Alwaysthebest, unshaven men are viewed with suspicion in courts of law.
  • : Following new legislation in Alwaysthebest, major cities shut down as their local sports team takes to the field every day.
  • : Following new legislation in Alwaysthebest, a five-year-old and a convicted terrorist can sit alongside one another in jury service.

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