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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,505th Safest: 9,163rd Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,242nd
The Ivory Peak of
Democratic Socialists
Gold in peace, steel in war...
Dr Joseph Florin
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
Average

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Atok

Population6.575 billion

CapitalSt Lenkerville
LeaderDr Joseph Florin

CurrencyAtoka
AnimalDragon

The Ivory Peak of Atok is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Dr Joseph Florin with an even hand, and remarkable for its public floggings, keen interest in outer space, and restrictive gun laws. The devout population of 6.575 billion Atokians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of St Lenkerville. The average income tax rate is 78.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Atokian economy, worth 371 trillion Atokas a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Retail. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 56,440 Atokas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Immigrants who carry knives on them are presumed to be chefs, the tools of the trade for landmine clearance appear to be copious amounts of gasoline and a box of matches, history textbook pages are used as impromptu tissues by distraught students, and Dr Joseph Florin often plays real life games of Tower Defense against hordes of angry villagers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Atok's national animal is the Dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Atok is ranked 23,646th in the world and 12th in Melayu Archipelago for Most Cultured, scoring 79 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,505thTop
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Safest: 9,163rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,242ndMost Pacifist: 12,119thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,443rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,674thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,486thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,721stBest Weather: 15,522nd
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionTop
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Safest: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Atok, Dr Joseph Florin often plays real life games of Tower Defense against hordes of angry villagers.
  • : Following new legislation in Atok, history textbook pages are used as impromptu tissues by distraught students.
  • : Following new legislation in Atok, the tools of the trade for landmine clearance appear to be copious amounts of gasoline and a box of matches.
  • : Following new legislation in Atok, immigrants who carry knives on them are presumed to be chefs.
  • : Following new legislation in Atok, sociologists can charge whatever fee they like as the nation tries to find itself.
  • : Atok's influence in Melayu Archipelago rose from "Squire" to "Apprentice".
  • : Following new legislation in Atok, the government response to disaster victims starving for bread is "let them eat stale cake".
  • : Following new legislation in Atok, bank robbers always set aside 50% of the loot to pay off the judge.
  • : Following new legislation in Atok, politicians tend to speak more loudly and slowly these days.
  • : Following new legislation in Atok, future forecasters fearfully discuss grey goo and human obsolescence.

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