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Most Cultured: 2,063rd Smartest Citizens: 2,176th Highest Average Tax Rates: 2,227th
The University of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
One cannot stay in the Cradle Forever
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Good
Political Freedom
Superb

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The Alma Mater

Population24.769 billion

CapitalThe Tower
FaithEvilutionism

CurrencyStudent Credit
AnimalBookwurm

The University of The Alma Mater is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, renowned for its parental licensing program, sprawling nuclear power plants, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 24.769 billion Students love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Social Policy, Environment, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Tower. The average income tax rate is 98.1%.

The a Student economy, worth a remarkable 2,862 trillion Student Credits a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 115,563 Student Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Moonshine has made a resurgence, civil servants spend most their time carrying out risk assessments for paper cuts, the delay between passed legislation and real world implementation is often a decade or longer, and the ruling party has a devil of a time keeping order in the ranks. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Alma Mater's national animal is the Bookwurm, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Evilutionism.

The Alma Mater is ranked 15,214th in the world and 912th in Lazarus for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 3,615.56 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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5%
Most Cultured: 2,063rdSmartest Citizens: 2,176thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,227thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,695thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,899thLargest Populations: 3,039thLargest Governments: 3,179thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,248thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,284thSafest: 3,395thHighest Economic Output: 3,506thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,603rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,721stLowest Crime Rates: 4,425thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,065thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,177thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,691stHealthiest Citizens: 5,858thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,957thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 10,986thMost Inclusive: 11,225thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,287thLeast Corrupt Governments: 11,844thNudest: 13,379thMost Secular: 13,509thMost Pacifist: 14,237thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,273rdLargest Welfare Programs: 15,214th
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Smartest Citizens: 89th in the regionMost Cultured: 98th in the regionLargest Populations: 103rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 112th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 114th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 124th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 151st in the regionLargest Governments: 161st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 164th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 169th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 174th in the regionSafest: 198th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 237th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 238th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 266th in the regionTop
10%
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 282nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 314th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 396th in the regionMost Politically Free: 397th in the regionMost Stationary: 479th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 496th in the regionNudest: 500th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Alma Mater was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : The Alma Mater was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : The Alma Mater was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Dead.
  • : The Alma Mater was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Survivors and Most Zombies.
  • : The Alma Mater was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs.
  • : The Alma Mater's influence in Lazarus rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : The Alma Mater was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Least Corrupt Governments and Most Pacifist.
  • : Following new legislation in The Alma Mater, the ruling party has a devil of a time keeping order in the ranks.
  • : Following new legislation in The Alma Mater, the delay between passed legislation and real world implementation is often a decade or longer.
  • : Following new legislation in The Alma Mater, civil servants spend most their time carrying out risk assessments for paper cuts.

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