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Most Authoritarian: 15,794th
The Empire of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Fur Gott, fur Bluut, fur Fuhrer
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Superpower
Founder
Civil Rights
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Reasonable
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Altenkreis

Population14 million

CurrencyAltenmark
AnimalAltenkries Hound

The Empire of Altenkreis is a tiny, safe nation, renowned for its compulsory military service, frequent executions, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 14 million Altenkreisers 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 enormous, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Spirituality. The average income tax rate is 68.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Altenkreisa economy, worth 529 billion Altenmarks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Woodchip Exports, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is 37,794 Altenmarks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

All telephone traffic is monitored for 'national security reasons', remote-control hang-gliding scarecrows patrol the skies to keep songbirds from leaving the nation's borders, serial commas clarify the relationship between one's lackeys, the taxpayers, and kinsfolk, and the Holy Office of the Inquisition is the highest court in the land. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Altenkreis's national animal is the Altenkries Hound, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Altenkreis is ranked 196,479th in the world and 3rd in The Amnester League for Least Corrupt Governments, with 90.66 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Altenkreis, the Holy Office of the Inquisition is the highest court in the land.
  • : Following new legislation in Altenkreis, serial commas clarify the relationship between one's lackeys, the taxpayers, and kinsfolk.
  • : Following new legislation in Altenkreis, remote-control hang-gliding scarecrows patrol the skies to keep songbirds from leaving the nation's borders.
  • : Following new legislation in Altenkreis, all telephone traffic is monitored for 'national security reasons'.
  • : Following new legislation in Altenkreis, citizens are permitted to carry concealed handguns.
  • : Following new legislation in Altenkreis, adults have never outgrown their fear of monsters.
  • : Following new legislation in Altenkreis, immigrants are required to salute the flag five times a day.
  • : Following new legislation in Altenkreis, a National Academy regulates grammar and usage.
  • : Altenkreis was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Following new legislation in Altenkreis, Altenkreisa novella fans become unusually flustered when thinking about Leader.

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