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Largest Information Technology Sector: 140thMost Advanced Public Education: 144thLargest Black Market: 152nd
The Drug Fueled Utopian Communes of
Corrupt Dictatorship
One material bound of Ta
Influence
Instigator
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Al Khem

Population14.738 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, socially progressive nation, ruled by EnKu with an iron fist, and remarkable for its strictly enforced bedtime, digital currency, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 14.738 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 government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Environment. 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 6,123 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 415,474 Tas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Dangerous criminals are often 'accidentally' sent on one-way trips to Maxtopia, bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of, public executions just aren't the cheery spectacles they once were, 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 623rd in the world and 1st in Taijitu for Highest Average Incomes, with 415,474.69 Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 140thMost Advanced Public Education: 144thLargest Black Market: 152ndHighest Poor Incomes: 162ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 485thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 500thMost Scientifically Advanced: 553rdMost Subsidized Industry: 580thHighest Average Incomes: 623rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 704thMost Corrupt Governments: 727thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 810thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 976thMost Devout: 990thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,021stLargest Governments: 1,079thHighest Economic Output: 1,210thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,220thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,351stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,420thSmartest Citizens: 1,649thMost Developed: 1,718thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,730thLowest Crime Rates: 2,030thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,053rdTop
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Most Inclusive: 2,195thMost Efficient Economies: 2,485thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,540thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,711thMost Influential: 2,722ndMost Cultured: 2,834thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,516thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,788thBest Weather: 7,275thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,453rdTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 10,685thLargest Populations: 13,939thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 14,505thHighest Drug Use: 14,960thHealthiest Citizens: 16,115th
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Most Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Al Khem's influence in Taijitu rose from "Contender" to "Instigator".
  • : Al Khem was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Al Khem voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Condemn Vandoosa"".
  • : Al Khem voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Supporting and Valuing the Humanities".
  • : 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, public executions just aren't the cheery spectacles they once were.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, dangerous criminals are often 'accidentally' sent on one-way trips to Maxtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, postcards from Khemish driving test centres are popular souvenirs.
  • : Following new legislation in Al Khem, the military is researching proton packs and PK-meters to combat "unseen enemy forces".

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World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 3 » Cabrinialand, New Delfos, and Peoples Republic of TempleLandia.

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