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The Principality of Altmar

“Unity through strength, strength through order” Grand Prince Friedrich IV

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Osiris

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Altmar

Population4.307 billion

CapitalReichardtsdorf
LeaderGrand Prince Friedrich IV
Faiththe Cult of The Grand Sun

CurrencyOricalc Ducat
AnimalCrimson Hellhound

The Principality of Altmar is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Grand Prince Friedrich IV with an iron fist, and renowned for its enslaved workforce, avant-garde cinema, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 4.307 billion Altmers are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Reichardtsdorf. The average income tax rate is 68.6%.

The strong Altmer economy, worth 459 trillion Oricalc Ducats a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Tourism, and Woodchip Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 106,642 Oricalc Ducats, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.0 times as much as the poorest.

Police wait behind troop deployments in order to shoot deserters, fancy dress parties are raided by military police for new recruits, the big red machine has ground to a halt, and adults have never outgrown their fear of monsters. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Altmar's national animal is the Crimson Hellhound, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is the Cult of The Grand Sun.

Altmar is ranked 36,867th in the world and 921st in Osiris for Most Extreme, scoring 30.18 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,021stTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,526thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,710thLargest Black Market: 5,918thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,179thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,885thTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12,078thLowest Crime Rates: 12,082ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,920thMost Authoritarian: 12,995thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,098th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 27th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 198th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 307th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 310th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 324th in the regionLargest Black Market: 325th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 392nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 403rd in the regionMost Influential: 533rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 562nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 679th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 695th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Altmar, adults have never outgrown their fear of monsters.
  • : Following new legislation in Altmar, the big red machine has ground to a halt.
  • : Following new legislation in Altmar, fancy dress parties are raided by military police for new recruits.
  • : Following new legislation in Altmar, police wait behind troop deployments in order to shoot deserters.
  • : Following new legislation in Altmar, vacationing Altmers expect to be treated as royalty.
  • : Altmar's influence in Osiris rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Following new legislation in Altmar, cinemas play art-house movies to ever-shrinking audiences as film critics rule the industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Altmar, childish pranks are no laughing matter.
  • : Following new legislation in Altmar, signs stating "You Must be This Tall to Enter" have started appearing outside retirement homes.
  • : Following new legislation in Altmar, political dissidents are cut off from essential services.

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Endorsements Received: 3 » Rigels Light, Wymondham, and Lukatonia.

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