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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 507th Most Ignorant Citizens: 984th Most Primitive: 1,163rd
The Holy Arab Republic of
Iron Fist Consumerists
This Orwell guy had some good ideas!
Salaah el-Hammad
Influence
Truckler
Region
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Bithastria

Population6.675 billion

CapitalRiyadh
LeaderSalaah el-Hammad
FaithHammadian Islam

Currencybell
AnimalBithastrian Camel

The Holy Arab Republic of Bithastria is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Salaah el-Hammad with an iron fist, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, frequent executions, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 6.675 billion Arabs 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Riyadh. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 77.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Arab economy, worth a remarkable 1,041 trillion bells 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Furniture Restoration. 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 an impressive 156,087 bells, with the richest citizens earning 8.0 times as much as the poorest.

The vow 'til death do us part' is often taken as an invitation to murder, escargots have lost their charm ever since they started to be called 'cooked land snails', government-sanctioned speed mating is rife with Party-sanctioned abuse of power, and the fate of the world literally rests on Salaah el-Hammad's fingers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bithastria's national animal is the Bithastrian Camel, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Hammadian Islam.

Bithastria is ranked 22,332nd in the world and 7th in Middle East for Most Influential, scoring 1,192 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 507thMost Ignorant Citizens: 984thMost Primitive: 1,163rdMost Devout: 1,193rdTop
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Largest Black Market: 1,571stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,637thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,832ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,148thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,280thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,642ndMost Avoided: 2,703rdMost Corrupt Governments: 2,909thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,056thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,248thLargest Mining Sector: 4,002ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,297thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 9,105thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,464thHighest Average Incomes: 11,234thLowest Crime Rates: 11,988thMost Efficient Economies: 13,437thHighest Economic Output: 13,786thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,898thLargest Governments: 15,017thMost Conservative: 15,598th
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Bithastria was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates and Largest Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Bithastria, the fate of the world literally rests on Salaah el-Hammad's fingers.
  • : Following new legislation in Bithastria, government-sanctioned speed mating is rife with Party-sanctioned abuse of power.
  • : Following new legislation in Bithastria, escargots have lost their charm ever since they started to be called 'cooked land snails'.
  • : Following new legislation in Bithastria, the vow 'til death do us part' is often taken as an invitation to murder.
  • : Following new legislation in Bithastria, attempted suicide is punishable by public hanging.
  • : Bithastria was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Bithastria was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Bithastria's influence in Middle East rose from "Vassal" to "Truckler".
  • : Following new legislation in Bithastria, tumbleweeds made of litter adorn city streets.

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