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Largest Black Market: 144thLargest Information Technology Sector: 149thMost Advanced Public Education: 157th
The Drug Fueled Utopian Communes of
Corrupt Dictatorship
One material bound of Ta
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Civil Rights
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Economy
Frightening
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Al Khem

Population16.588 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 compulsory military service, pith helmet sales, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 16.588 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 income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Khemish economy, worth a remarkable 7,435 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 448,252 Tas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The new 'Things We Stole From Other Countries' exhibition at the National Museum of Antiquities is a hit, traffic cops spend most of their work-hours calculating citizens' monthly income, the government only invests in infrastructure after a natural disaster, and atheists on vacation find Khemist Path of Truth and the Way's scriptures make useful doorstops. 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 16,266th in the world and 11th in Taijitu for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 8,874.21 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Largest Black Market: 144thLargest Information Technology Sector: 149thMost Advanced Public Education: 157thHighest Poor Incomes: 244thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 480thMost Advanced Public Transport: 484thHighest Average Incomes: 514thMost Scientifically Advanced: 514thMost Corrupt Governments: 566thMost Subsidized Industry: 647thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 750thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 759thHighest Average Tax Rates: 861stLargest Governments: 861stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 886thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 919thMost Devout: 957thHighest Economic Output: 988thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,269thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,302ndSmartest Citizens: 1,387thLowest Crime Rates: 1,619thMost Developed: 1,764thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,958thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,970thMost Patriotic: 2,019thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,069thMost Efficient Economies: 2,082ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,114thMost Inclusive: 2,126thHighest Food Quality: 2,327thTop
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Most Cultured: 2,426thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,503rdMost Influential: 3,161stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,013thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,544thBest Weather: 9,516thLargest Retail Industry: 10,270thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 13,654thLargest Populations: 13,694thHealthiest Citizens: 15,377thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,266thHighest Drug Use: 19,998th
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Patriotic: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, atheists on vacation find Khemist Path of Truth and the Way's scriptures make useful doorstops.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, the government only invests in infrastructure after a natural disaster.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, traffic cops spend most of their work-hours calculating citizens' monthly income.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, the new 'Things We Stole From Other Countries' exhibition at the National Museum of Antiquities is a hit.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, gene-engineered sewerjacks don't smell but they do stink.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, peace talks occasionally rack up a higher body count than the wars they seek to stop.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, politicians constantly ring their voters to remind them how good a job they're doing.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, the army's use of chemical weapons leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, wealthy pranksters dump refuse on unsuspecting citizens from up high.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, citizens who don't follow Khemist Path of Truth and the Way are closely monitored for signs of self-harm.

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