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Largest Gambling Industry: 2ndLargest Black Market: 144thMost Armed: 168th
The Burnt World of
Father Knows Best State
Only The Strong Survive
Influence
Superpower
Founder
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Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
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Athas

Population21.697 billion

CapitalTyr
LeaderTithian of Mericles
FaithPsionics

Currencygold piece
AnimalThri-kreen

The Burnt World of Athas is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Tithian of Mericles with an iron fist, and notable for its smutty television, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 21.697 billion Athasians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Environment, Industry, and Education are also considered important, while Welfare and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tyr. The average income tax rate is 93.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Athasian economy, worth a remarkable 9,541 trillion gold pieces a year, is mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Gambling, Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Tourism. Average income is an amazing 439,780 gold pieces, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

Country folk are sent to obligatory boarding schools to learn how to be civilized, children often kick Thri-kreens for amusement, surveillance cameras are banned, and scientists earn more grant money for reproducing old experiments than trying anything new. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Athas's national animal is the Thri-kreen, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Psionics.

Athas is ranked 258,430th in the world and 5th in Athas for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -66.63 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Largest Gambling Industry: 2ndLargest Black Market: 144thMost Armed: 168thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 180thHighest Crime Rates: 252ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 329thMost Secular: 335thMost Corrupt Governments: 362ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 447thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 458thLargest Retail Industry: 613thHighest Average Incomes: 647thHighest Economic Output: 684thMost Beautiful Environments: 904thHighest Poor Incomes: 942ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,214thMost Avoided: 1,632ndMost Rebellious Youth: 1,703rdMost Subsidized Industry: 1,770thRudest Citizens: 1,810thMost Efficient Economies: 1,834thTop
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Largest Governments: 3,287thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,498thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,658thMost Cultured: 3,832ndBest Weather: 4,263rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,868thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,889thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,621stMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,254thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,416thLargest Populations: 7,989thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,152ndTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 20,489thMost Influential: 21,907thMost Patriotic: 22,367thMost Stationary: 22,780thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 23,050thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 25,717th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Athas, scientists earn more grant money for reproducing old experiments than trying anything new.
  • : Following new legislation in Athas, surveillance cameras are banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Athas, children often kick Thri-kreens for amusement.
  • : Following new legislation in Athas, country folk are sent to obligatory boarding schools to learn how to be civilized.
  • : Following new legislation in Athas, terrorist videos start by thanking their sponsors.
  • : Following new legislation in Athas, lending money has become a major liability.
  • : Following new legislation in Athas, the national guard is mobilized whenever a mother gets separated from her child at the mall.
  • : Following new legislation in Athas, Thri-kreen is one of the most popular forenames in Athas.
  • : Following new legislation in Athas, distrust of taps has many people bathing only with bottled mineral water.
  • : Following new legislation in Athas, one-stop superstores divide and conquer family businesses.

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