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The Most Serene Republic of Alphacon

“Peace!”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Hermit

Location: The Secret Natural Habitats

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Alphacon

Population13.095 billion

CapitalWhite City

CurrencyRuby
AnimalMonster

The Most Serene Republic of Alphacon is a gargantuan, genial nation, notable for its state-planned economy, sprawling nuclear power plants, and national health service. The compassionate, cheerful, devout population of 13.095 billion Alphaconians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of White City. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Secret Independent economy, worth a remarkable 5,723 trillion Rubies a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 437,057 Rubies, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Vacationers and business travelers are often warned that they may lose the right to vote if they spend too much time overseas, failed genetic experiments wreak havoc as they roam the countryside, rocket boots and thermal detonators have become standard-issue military gear, and the sound of wooden legs echo throughout Alphacon after the recent introduction of the Foot Tax. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Alphacon's national animal is the Monster, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Alphacon is ranked 38,174th in the world and 1st in The Secret Natural Habitats for Nudest, with 197 Cheeks Per Square Mile.

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1%
Safest: 24thHighest Average Tax Rates: 45thLargest Governments: 46thLowest Crime Rates: 67thMost Efficient Economies: 71stMost Subsidized Industry: 78thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 80thMost Developed: 82ndLongest Average Lifespans: 96thSmartest Citizens: 115thMost Cultured: 116thMost Scientifically Advanced: 117thHighest Poor Incomes: 129thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 149thMost Inclusive: 172ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 188thHealthiest Citizens: 188thMost Advanced Public Transport: 188thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 233rdNicest Citizens: 260thLargest Welfare Programs: 287thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 319thMost Advanced Public Education: 328thMost Compassionate Citizens: 335thLargest Publishing Industry: 413thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 448thMost Beautiful Environments: 492ndHighest Average Incomes: 519thLeast Corrupt Governments: 546thLargest Information Technology Sector: 589thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 701stHighest Economic Output: 1,454thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,491stBest Weather: 1,553rdTop
5%
Most Devout: 2,254thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,336thMost Stationary: 5,590thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,286thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,876thLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,419thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8,274thMost Armed: 9,445thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,429thMost Influential: 10,773rdTop
10%
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,798thMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,169thLargest Populations: 18,562ndMost Income Equality: 20,027th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Alphacon, the sound of wooden legs echo throughout Alphacon after the recent introduction of the Foot Tax.
  • : Following new legislation in Alphacon, rocket boots and thermal detonators have become standard-issue military gear.
  • : Following new legislation in Alphacon, failed genetic experiments wreak havoc as they roam the countryside.
  • : Following new legislation in Alphacon, vacationers and business travelers are often warned that they may lose the right to vote if they spend too much time overseas.
  • : Following new legislation in Alphacon, broken suspension systems are giving auto repair shops plenty of business.
  • : Following new legislation in Alphacon, the military refers to helpless combatants offering surrender as "sitting ducks".
  • : Following new legislation in Alphacon, parking's carefree without parking car fees.
  • : Following new legislation in Alphacon, Secret Independent watches are often the only thing to survive a disaster intact.
  • : Following new legislation in Alphacon, the voyages of obsolete star-trekking satellites on deliberate escape orbits are only just beginning.
  • : Following new legislation in Alphacon, parents dread their examinations more than their children.

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