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Largest Information Technology Sector: 460th Largest Black Market: 541st Most Advanced Public Education: 551st
The Drug Fueled Utopian Communes of
Corrupt Dictatorship
One material bound of Ta
Influence
Contender
Region
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Al Khem

Population11.851 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, efficient nation, ruled by EnKu with an iron fist, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, rampant corporate plagiarism, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 11.851 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 Education, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Carcossa in the Hyades. The average income tax rate is 98.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Khemish economy, worth a remarkable 3,393 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, quite specialized black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, 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 286,330 Tas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Police spend their Saturday nights breaking up illegal street races, the mood of raunchy movies is often ruined by the sound of babies crying, the military recognizes no difference between male and female soldiers, and a sledgehammer and a spray can are seen as the default tools of political debate. 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 1,768th in the world and 3rd in Taijitu for Most Eco-Friendly Governments, scoring 12,679.36 on the Dolphin Recycling Awareness Index.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 460thLargest Black Market: 541stMost Advanced Public Education: 551stHighest Poor Incomes: 801stMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,004thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,138thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,259thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,427thLargest Governments: 1,654thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,658thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,659thTop
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Most Developed: 1,721stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,768thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,780thMost Devout: 1,790thHighest Average Incomes: 1,802ndSmartest Citizens: 2,052ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,177thLowest Crime Rates: 2,265thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,318thMost Influential: 2,331stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,359thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,637thHighest Economic Output: 2,640thMost Inclusive: 2,734thMost Efficient Economies: 3,110thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,306thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,405thMost Cultured: 3,611thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,793rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,444thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,453rdBest Weather: 6,367thTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 9,931stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,928thHighest Drug Use: 13,428thLargest Populations: 15,449thLargest Retail Industry: 16,313th
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Most Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Al Khem's influence in Taijitu rose from "Negotiator" to "Contender".
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, a sledgehammer and a spray can are seen as the default tools of political debate.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, the military recognizes no difference between male and female soldiers.
  • : 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, police spend their Saturday nights breaking up illegal street races.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, doctors spend more time writing sick notes than caring for the sick.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, parents live in fear of governmental 'child protection' squads.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, doctors prescribe medicines but they rarely dispense hope or compassion.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, the government snoops on private internet connections.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high.

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