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Most Influential: 568thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 976thMost Devout: 1,138th
The Empire of
Authoritarian Democracy
There is nothing impossible to him who will try.
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population7.377 billion

CapitalBathera City
LeaderElam Ol'ced III


The Empire of Bathera is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Elam Ol'ced III with an even hand, and notable for its daily referendums, compulsory military service, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 7.377 billion Batherans are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The relatively small, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bathera City. The average income tax rate is 13.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Batheran economy, worth a remarkable 1,613 trillion Baht a year, is quite specialized and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 218,675 Baht, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Dangerous criminals are often 'accidentally' sent on one-way trips to Maxtopia, getting an autograph has become harder than ever, CEOs can't hear the term 'Fire Sale' without bursting into tears, and only fully-fledged members of MENSA are allowed to vote. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Bathera's national animal is the Bat, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Christianity.

Bathera is ranked 83,714th in the world and 347th in Europe for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 82.89 on the Hayek Index.

Most Influential: 568thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 976thMost Devout: 1,138thMost Armed: 1,251stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,262ndHealthiest Citizens: 1,508thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,536thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,883rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,241stTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 2,589thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,615thLowest Crime Rates: 3,204thSmartest Citizens: 3,732ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,882ndMost Cultured: 4,686thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,741stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,855thHighest Average Incomes: 4,953rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,027thNudest: 7,143rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,275thLargest Black Market: 8,650thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9,108thMost Efficient Economies: 9,828thHighest Economic Output: 9,999thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,884thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 13,076thBest Weather: 13,702ndMost Developed: 15,652ndLargest Governments: 19,573rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 21,288thLargest Mining Sector: 21,971st
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionMost Armed: 11th in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionMost Devout: 16th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 22nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 23rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 31st in the regionNudest: 33rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 35th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 41st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 45th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 45th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 49th in the regionLargest Black Market: 56th in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 63rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 66th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 70th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 74th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 79th in the regionMost Cultured: 81st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 93rd in the regionMost Influential: 97th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 101st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 112th in the region

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