by Max Barry

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 548th Most Advanced Public Education: 614th Largest Black Market: 636th
The Drug Fueled Utopian Communes of
Corrupt Dictatorship
One material bound of Ta
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Al Khem

Population11.308 billion

CapitalCarcossa in the Hyades
FaithKhemist Path of Truth and the Way


The Drug Fueled Utopian Communes of Al Khem is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by EnKu with an iron fist, and renowned for its digital currency, vat-grown people, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 11.308 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 Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Carcossa in the Hyades. The average income tax rate is 98.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Khemish economy, worth a remarkable 3,068 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 271,384 Tas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

The blood on the hands of EnKu may not be metaphorical, citizens are permitted to carry concealed handguns, where there's a will there is usually a password manager, and justice is blinding. 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 160,878th in the world and 43rd in Taijitu for Highest Disposable Incomes, with 4,342.16 Standard Monetary Units.

Largest Information Technology Sector: 548thMost Advanced Public Education: 614thLargest Black Market: 636thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,081stMost Corrupt Governments: 1,320thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,429thMost Developed: 1,675thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,679thTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,766thMost Devout: 1,806thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,824thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,838thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,850thLargest Governments: 1,865thHighest Average Incomes: 2,095thMost Influential: 2,164thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,225thSmartest Citizens: 2,254thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,303rdHighest Poor Incomes: 2,373rdLowest Crime Rates: 2,559thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,579thHighest Economic Output: 2,968thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,054thMost Inclusive: 3,112thMost Efficient Economies: 3,193rdLongest Average Lifespans: 3,406thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,050thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,593rdMost Cultured: 4,831stBest Weather: 5,099thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,448thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,944thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,427thTop
Healthiest Citizens: 10,258thHighest Drug Use: 12,580thLargest Populations: 15,818th
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 4th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Al Khem was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, justice is blinding.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, where there's a will there is usually a password manager.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, citizens are permitted to carry concealed handguns.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, the blood on the hands of EnKu may not be metaphorical.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, the government violently suppresses separatist movements.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, life expectancies inside correctional facilities vastly exceed the national average.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, helicopter parenting is on the rise.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, prisoners pray grey skies are gonna clear up.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, interest in globalism never flags.


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