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Largest Information Technology Sector: 150thMost Advanced Public Education: 152ndLargest Black Market: 158th
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

Population15.31 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 remarkable for its unlimited-speed roads, compulsory military service, and soft-spoken computers. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 15.31 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 99.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Khemish economy, worth a remarkable 6,375 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, 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 416,454 Tas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The children of Al Khem are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence, citizens cannot change their light bulbs without approval from an international committee, cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high, and war vets look after war animals. 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 655th in the world and 1st in Taijitu for Most Subsidized Industry, scoring 16,822.54 on the Gilded Widget Scale.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 150thMost Advanced Public Education: 152ndLargest Black Market: 158thHighest Poor Incomes: 229thMost Advanced Public Transport: 485thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 521stMost Scientifically Advanced: 535thHighest Average Incomes: 643rdMost Subsidized Industry: 655thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 702ndMost Corrupt Governments: 740thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 810thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,037thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,043rdMost Devout: 1,047thLargest Governments: 1,103rdHighest Economic Output: 1,172ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,211thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,402ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,487thSmartest Citizens: 1,661stMost Developed: 1,740thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,784thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,995thLowest Crime Rates: 2,090thMost Inclusive: 2,287thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 2,488thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,607thMost Cultured: 2,833rdMost Influential: 2,907thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,276thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,632ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,923rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,100thBest Weather: 7,562ndLargest Retail Industry: 10,135thTop
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Largest Populations: 13,818thHealthiest Citizens: 15,502ndHighest Drug Use: 18,748th
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Most Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Inclusive: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Al Khem was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Inclusive.
  • : Al Khem's influence in Taijitu fell from "Instigator" to "Contender".
  • : Al Khem's influence in Taijitu rose from "Minnow" to "Instigator".
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, war vets look after war animals.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, citizens cannot change their light bulbs without approval from an international committee.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, the children of Al Khem are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence.
  • : Al Khem relocated from Balder to Taijitu.
  • : Al Khem was refounded in Balder.
  • : Al Khem ceased to exist in Taijitu.

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