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The Retired Delegate of Alsted

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Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Ambassador

Location: Europe



Population25.502 billion

CapitalSan Junipero
Leadera federal presidency

CurrencyAlstedian Dollar
AnimalSnowy Owl

The Retired Delegate of Alsted is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by a federal presidency with a fair hand, and renowned for its daily referendums, keen interest in outer space, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 25.502 billion Alstedians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of San Junipero. The average income tax rate is 75.4%.

The strong Alstedian economy, worth a remarkable 1,315 trillion Alstedian Dollars a year, is extremely specialized and solely comprised of the Book Publishing industry. Average income is 51,599 Alstedian Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.2 times as much as the poorest.

New safety regulations require all cars manufactured in Alsted to be bombproof, employers may fire workers without giving any reason, planespotters are emigrating in droves, and corporate lobbying has been outlawed. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Alsted's national animal is the Snowy Owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Alsted is ranked 166,897th in the world and 941st in Europe for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -11.05 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most Influential: 1stMost Stationary: 389thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 540thTop
Largest Populations: 2,994thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,064thBest Weather: 4,819thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,748thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,631stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,911thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,051stMost Cultured: 8,413thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 9,291stHighest Economic Output: 10,671stMost Advanced Public Education: 10,876thSmartest Citizens: 12,448thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,565thLargest Welfare Programs: 13,497thMost Rebellious Youth: 14,261stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,103rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,871st
Most Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 15th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19th in the regionTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 78th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 84th in the region

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