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Largest Information Technology Sector: 150thLargest Black Market: 157thMost Advanced Public Education: 173rd
The Drug Fueled Utopian Communes of
Corrupt Dictatorship
One material bound of Ta
Influence
Contender
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Al Khem

Population15.947 billion

CapitalCarcossa in the Hyades
LeaderEnKu
FaithKhemist Path of Truth and the Way

CurrencyTa
AnimalGhak'ell

The Drug Fueled Utopian Communes of Al Khem is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by EnKu with an iron fist, and renowned for its soft-spoken computers, vat-grown people, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 15.947 billion Khems are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Carcossa in the Hyades. The average income tax rate is 99.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Khemish economy, worth a remarkable 6,802 trillion Tas 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 Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Tourism. 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 amazing 426,543 Tas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The legalization of meat has skewered the sales of vegetarian substitutes, environmentalists have found an unusual ally in soldiers of fortune, undergrads find their professors' mushroom experiments less psychedelic than expected, and artists from across the nation compete to renovate the restrooms of old government buildings. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Al Khem's national animal is the Ghak'ell, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Khemist Path of Truth and the Way.

Al Khem is ranked 3,052nd in the world and 2nd in Taijitu for Most Valuable International Artwork, with 163.22 Bank.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 150thLargest Black Market: 157thMost Advanced Public Education: 173rdHighest Poor Incomes: 226thMost Advanced Public Transport: 495thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 503rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 530thHighest Average Incomes: 607thMost Corrupt Governments: 692ndMost Subsidized Industry: 729thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 794thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 845thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 963rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,025thLargest Governments: 1,046thMost Devout: 1,071stHighest Economic Output: 1,115thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,187thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,323rdMost Beautiful Environments: 1,395thSmartest Citizens: 1,598thMost Developed: 1,735thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,812thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,023rdLowest Crime Rates: 2,053rdMost Efficient Economies: 2,313thMost Inclusive: 2,344thTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 2,500thMost Cultured: 2,616thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,052ndMost Influential: 3,103rdLargest Welfare Programs: 3,599thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,197thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,776thBest Weather: 8,029thLargest Retail Industry: 10,326thTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 13,128thLargest Populations: 13,830thHighest Drug Use: 20,082nd
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Most Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, artists from across the nation compete to renovate the restrooms of old government buildings.
  • : Al Khem's influence in Taijitu fell from "Instigator" to "Contender".
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, undergrads find their professors' mushroom experiments less psychedelic than expected.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, environmentalists have found an unusual ally in soldiers of fortune.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, the legalization of meat has skewered the sales of vegetarian substitutes.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, it is mandatory to learn evolution in schools.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, a favorite "life hack" for gap year backpackers is to pretend to be homeless for government handouts.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, the mood of raunchy movies is often ruined by the sound of babies crying.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, it's usual for grandparents to stay in the family home with their descendants but younger children are often frightened of them.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, protestors are soaking piles of Tas in blood to make a point about government incomes.

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