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Largest Gambling Industry: 3rdMost Armed: 140thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 162nd
The Burnt World of
Father Knows Best State
Only The Strong Survive
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Founder
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Below Average
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Athas

Population18.821 billion

CapitalTyr
LeaderTithian of Mericles
FaithPsionics

Currencygold piece
AnimalThri-kreen

The Burnt World of Athas is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Tithian of Mericles with an iron fist, and renowned for its fear of technology, free-roaming dinosaurs, and hatred of cheese. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 18.821 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, with Industry, Environment, and Education also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tyr. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 91.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Athasian economy, worth a remarkable 7,860 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 417,641 gold pieces, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,351,872 per year while the poor average 36,569, a ratio of 64.3 to 1.

Thri-kreens that venture near secret military bases are routinely executed for espionage, chalkboards are replaced with billboards in the classroom, newly synthesized elements' half-lives are a million times shorter than the time it takes to say their names, and the national guard is mobilized whenever a mother gets separated from her child at the mall. 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 64,884th in the world and 5th in Athas for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 1,001.96 Tourists Per Hour.

Top
1%
Largest Gambling Industry: 3rdMost Armed: 140thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 162ndLargest Black Market: 170thHighest Crime Rates: 215thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 272ndMost Secular: 331stMost Corrupt Governments: 336thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 376thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 398thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 465thLargest Retail Industry: 542ndHighest Average Incomes: 664thHighest Economic Output: 816thRudest Citizens: 940thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,023rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,429thMost Efficient Economies: 1,488thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,623rdMost Rebellious Youth: 1,830thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,849thFattest Citizens: 2,038thMost Ignorant Citizens: 2,366thTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 2,570thLargest Governments: 3,381stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,428thMost Cultured: 4,463rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,924thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,163rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,313thBest Weather: 6,941stHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,950thLargest Populations: 8,525thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,549thMost Primitive: 9,912thTop
10%
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 18,160thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,135thHighest Drug Use: 22,919th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : 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, newly synthesized elements' half-lives are a million times shorter than the time it takes to say their names.
  • : Athas was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Athas, chalkboards are replaced with billboards in the classroom.
  • : Athas was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Athas was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Athas was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Fattest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Athas, Thri-kreens that venture near secret military bases are routinely executed for espionage.
  • : Following new legislation in Athas, the ban on cars has been repealed.
  • : Following new legislation in Athas, space shuttles regularly launch rubbish into space.

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