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The Republic of Alqulonde

“Calamum ferroque”

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population1.9 billion



The Republic of Alqulonde is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Olw with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, anti-smoking policies, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.9 billion Alqualondeans enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tirion-upon-Tna. The average income tax rate is 74.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Alqulondean economy, worth 185 trillion Ringwraiths a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Retail. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 97,867 Ringwraiths, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The ABI Channel Tunnel project is plagued by delays, workers of "fairweather faith" claim six months of paid leave for holy days per year, unemployment rates have skyrocketed as businesses abandon the country in search of cheap labour, and the "temporary replacement bus service" is now a permanent fixture. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Alqulonde's national animal is the Ostrich, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Judaism.

Alqulonde is ranked 23,507th in the world and 1,174th in The North Pacific for Largest Governments, scoring 24.76 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 750thMost Influential: 1,200thTop
Safest: 4,867thMost Pacifist: 5,355thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,759thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,767thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,072ndBest Weather: 7,180thHealthiest Citizens: 7,925thMost Inclusive: 8,817thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,147thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,384thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,439thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,160thNicest Citizens: 10,183rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,294thMost Developed: 10,697thTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 11,970thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,019thLowest Crime Rates: 12,654thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,149thSmartest Citizens: 13,763rdMost Subsidized Industry: 14,899thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,951stMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,504thMost Cultured: 16,729thMost Efficient Economies: 17,871stHighest Poor Incomes: 20,884thHighest Average Tax Rates: 22,610thLargest Governments: 23,507thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 23,826th
Safest: 278th in the regionMost Pacifist: 310th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 316th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 322nd in the regionBest Weather: 435th in the regionMost Influential: 470th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 475th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 488th in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 495th in the regionMost Inclusive: 526th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 532nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 549th in the regionNicest Citizens: 574th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 575th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 606th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 609th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 625th in the regionMost Developed: 638th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 657th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 685th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 697th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 737th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 815th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 833rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 836th in the regionMost Cultured: 859th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 943rd in the region

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