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Highest Disposable Incomes: 3,140thLargest Retail Industry: 3,249thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,587th
The Grand Duchy of
Right-wing Utopia
Alτerēıs a nıa sča eěsτasmȷěryτnoā ıȷayn nıŏı
Renai Trescu
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Upper Alterac

Population5.704 billion

LeaderRenai Trescu


The Grand Duchy of Upper Alterac is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Renai Trescu with an even hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 5.704 billion Alterasi are free to succeed or fail in life on their own merits; the successful tend to enjoy an opulent (but moralistic) lifestyle, while the failures can be seen crowding out most jails.

The tiny, corrupt, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tsentyr. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Alterasi economy, worth 862 trillion Talcs a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 151,158 Talcs, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 665,294 per year while the poor average 21,558, a ratio of 30.9 to 1.

Gay couples have to travel to Brancaland to find a church that will actually let them wed, politicians accost strangers in the street to ask their problems, the canal flows through the land like a twisty turny thing, and Renai Trescu's office has a newly installed Max-Man arcade game programmed by a 5th-grader. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Upper Alterac's national animal is the Falcon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Sycarism.

Upper Alterac is ranked 24,712th in the world and 7th in Council of Constructed Languages for Most Developed, scoring 78.89 on the Human Development Index.

Highest Disposable Incomes: 3,140thLargest Retail Industry: 3,249thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,587thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,990thLargest Mining Sector: 5,070thFattest Citizens: 5,561stRudest Citizens: 7,015thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,850thMost Corrupt Governments: 10,813thTop
Most Patriotic: 11,946thMost Efficient Economies: 13,041stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 13,374thHighest Average Incomes: 14,050thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,774thMost Cultured: 17,253rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 17,378thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,688thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 19,649thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 19,676thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 19,840thLargest Information Technology Sector: 21,536thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 22,163rdHighest Economic Output: 22,269th
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Patriotic: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionTop
Most Avoided: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost Conservative: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the region

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