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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 77thLargest Publishing Industry: 180thMost Secular: 729th
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Landing Site Alpha

Population27.858 billion

CapitalSpace Elevator Anchorage One
LeaderMission Commander Joan Carter
FaithAtheism

Currencyinflation adjusted kro
Animalquagga

The Incorporated States of Landing Site Alpha is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Mission Commander Joan Carter with a fair hand, and notable for its complete lack of prisons, national health service, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 27.858 billion Alpha Landers are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The tiny, liberal, outspoken government is primarily concerned with Education, with Environment, Industry, and Social Policy also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Defense aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Space Elevator Anchorage One. The average income tax rate is 3.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Alpha Landish economy, worth a remarkable 6,053 trillion inflation adjusted kroes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Cheese Exports. Average income is an amazing 217,284 inflation adjusted kroes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Bins outnumber trees in city parks, surfing lessons include how to ward off sharks, suburban backyards are seized by the government and turned into national parks, and travelers are subject to extensive searches if beet stains are visible on their clothing. Crime, especially youth-related, is a serious problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Landing Site Alpha's national animal is the quagga, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Atheism.

Landing Site Alpha is ranked 198,816th in the world and 6,614th in Lazarus for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 1.62 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 77thLargest Publishing Industry: 180thMost Secular: 729thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 922ndMost Stationary: 938thMost Pacifist: 1,254thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,315thMost Cultured: 1,373rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,405thHighest Economic Output: 1,455thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,480thSmartest Citizens: 1,855thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,165thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,209thNicest Citizens: 2,346thTop
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Most Inclusive: 2,479thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,862ndHighest Poor Incomes: 2,917thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,919thMost Developed: 3,056thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,112thLargest Populations: 3,164thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,435thHealthiest Citizens: 3,836thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,517thHighest Average Incomes: 5,297thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,453rdBest Weather: 6,504thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,110thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,177thNudest: 11,843rdMost Influential: 12,005thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 15,132ndMost Politically Free: 15,753rdHighest Drug Use: 15,797thMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,960thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 17,058thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,790thHighest Crime Rates: 19,549thMost Advanced Public Education: 24,037th
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Largest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionMost Stationary: 18th in the regionMost Secular: 26th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 43rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 51st in the regionMost Pacifist: 53rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 56th in the regionMost Cultured: 61st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 65th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 72nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 79th in the regionTop
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Most Inclusive: 88th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 91st in the regionLargest Populations: 93rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 95th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 102nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 110th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 114th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 124th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 128th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 134th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 136th in the regionMost Developed: 137th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 157th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 183rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 224th in the regionMost Influential: 248th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 266th in the regionBest Weather: 277th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 308th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 351st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 354th in the regionTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 456th in the regionNudest: 475th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 536th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 559th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 632nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 681st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 706th in the regionMost Extreme: 797th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Landing Site Alpha, travelers are subject to extensive searches if beet stains are visible on their clothing.
  • : Following new legislation in Landing Site Alpha, suburban backyards are seized by the government and turned into national parks.
  • : Following new legislation in Landing Site Alpha, surfing lessons include how to ward off sharks.
  • : Following new legislation in Landing Site Alpha, bins outnumber trees in city parks.
  • : Landing Site Alpha was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Nudest and the Top 10% for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Following new legislation in Landing Site Alpha, a Lazarus Tourist Association survey has rated Landing Site Alpha #1 for number twos.
  • : Following new legislation in Landing Site Alpha, roads are often attended by round-the-clock construction crews.
  • : Following new legislation in Landing Site Alpha, Mission Commander Joan Carter always arrives fashionably late and smelling of mushrooms.
  • : Following new legislation in Landing Site Alpha, surveillance cameras are banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Landing Site Alpha, cubicles often double as graves as citizens literally work themselves to death.

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