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The Kingdom of Altaeum

“Victoriam Excelsis”

Category: Right-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Power

Location: The Monarchist Concordat

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Altaeum

Population3.637 billion

CapitalArgenturris
LeaderKing Landrey V
FaithProtestant Christianity

CurrencySovereign
AnimalGryphon

The Kingdom of Altaeum is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by King Landrey V with an even hand, and renowned for its zero percent divorce rate, public floggings, and complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 3.637 billion Altaeans 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 relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business government is dominated by the Department of Defense, with Law & Order also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Argenturris. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 13.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Altaean economy, worth 680 trillion Sovereigns a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Uranium Mining, and Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 187,222 Sovereigns, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 998,816 per year while the poor average 18,442, a ratio of 54.2 to 1.

Young soldiers are shocked to discover there are no 'safe spaces' on a battlefield, women give birth underneath so many blankets that the doctor can't feel the bump, priests are being drafted by the church load, and cash-strapped politicians frequently host bake sales to fund their campaigns. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Altaeum's national animal is the Gryphon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Protestant Christianity.

Altaeum is ranked 48,340th in the world and 3rd in The Monarchist Concordat for Most Extreme, scoring 27.02 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Top
1%
Most Armed: 1,445thRudest Citizens: 1,584thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,638thFattest Citizens: 1,731stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,851stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,862ndMost Avoided: 1,906thLargest Retail Industry: 1,954thTop
5%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2,242ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,616thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,997thLargest Mining Sector: 3,973rdMost Devout: 4,177thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,342ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5,058thHighest Average Incomes: 7,565thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 9,570thTop
10%
Largest Insurance Industry: 10,902ndMost Pro-Market: 13,843rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 15,501stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15,698thMost Corrupt Governments: 17,536thMost Efficient Economies: 18,619thMost Scientifically Advanced: 18,741stLargest Black Market: 18,953rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20,713th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Altaeum, cash-strapped politicians frequently host bake sales to fund their campaigns.
  • : Following new legislation in Altaeum, priests are being drafted by the church load.
  • : Following new legislation in Altaeum, women give birth underneath so many blankets that the doctor can't feel the bump.
  • : Following new legislation in Altaeum, young soldiers are shocked to discover there are no 'safe spaces' on a battlefield.
  • : Following new legislation in Altaeum, at the edge of the final frontier space's biggest missile platform is about to unfold.
  • : Following new legislation in Altaeum, the clergy of Protestant Christianity remains a single-sex institution.
  • : Following new legislation in Altaeum, people often get liposuction to reduce their air fares.
  • : Following new legislation in Altaeum, serial killers who are released early distribute death but not their seed.
  • : Following new legislation in Altaeum, applications to enter seminaries spike right before the obligatory fasts.
  • : Altaeum was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector and the Top 10% for Largest Black Market.

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