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Largest Black Market: 9,989thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,446thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,023rd
The Republic of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Twirling Toward Freedom
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population3.834 billion

LeaderCalvin the I


The Republic of AtlaeVIII is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Calvin the I with an iron fist, and renowned for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, compulsory gun ownership, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 3.834 billion AtlaeVIIIians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ostia. The average income tax rate is 44.1%.

The powerhouse AtlaeVIIIian economy, worth 342 trillion kronor 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 a large, well-organized, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Information Technology, and Beef-Based Agriculture. 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 89,326 kronor, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.5 times as much as the poorest.

Military pistols are more secure than the national treasury, the leaders of AtlaeVIII are given the nod by their predecessors, blind students are at a disadvantage now that test papers printed in braille have been discontinued, and unemployed mercenaries drift the country looking for new careers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. AtlaeVIII's national animal is the turtle, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Atlaeism.

AtlaeVIII is ranked 13,005th in the world and 1st in Astra Union for Most Armed, with 5.95 Weapons Per Person.

Largest Black Market: 9,989thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,446thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 12,023rdMost Corrupt Governments: 12,869thMost Armed: 13,005thLargest Mining Sector: 16,212thMost Patriotic: 16,596thLargest Agricultural Sector: 16,810thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,251stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 17,318thMost Authoritarian: 19,683rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 20,980thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 21,613th

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