by Max Barry

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Highest Crime Rates: 2,489thRudest Citizens: 2,914thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,156th
The Free city of
Corporate Bordello
Strong and stable
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom
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Population2.126 billion



The Free city of Athaton is a massive, efficient nation, renowned for its pith helmet sales, frequent executions, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 2.126 billion Athatonians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The tiny, pro-business, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Athaton. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.0%.

The all-consuming Athatonian economy, worth 198 trillion Talents a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Soda Sales, and Information Technology. Average income is 93,144 Talents, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 438,442 per year while the poor average 11,758, a ratio of 37.3 to 1.

Commuter vessels have trouble staying afloat due to increased passengers, sleep-deprived officials are known to collapse after late night revision for their examinations, a death threat has replaced 'hello' as an official greeting in the nation, and nature magazines featuring stick insects on their covers are sometimes mistaken for fashion magazines. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Athaton's national animal is the Pheonix, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Athaton is ranked 63,495th in the world and 6th in The Warden World for Most Extreme, scoring 24.67 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Highest Crime Rates: 2,489thRudest Citizens: 2,914thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,156thFattest Citizens: 4,269thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4,734thNudest: 4,861stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,970thMost Avoided: 6,065thHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,064thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,197thLargest Retail Industry: 8,460thMost Armed: 9,857thTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,377thMost Rebellious Youth: 16,791stLargest Agricultural Sector: 18,568thHighest Drug Use: 18,911thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 21,979thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 22,050thMost Pro-Market: 22,148thLargest Mining Sector: 23,173rd
Nudest: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the region

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