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Largest Gambling Industry: 3rdMost Armed: 139thLargest Black Market: 159th
The Burnt World of
Father Knows Best State
Only The Strong Survive
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Athas

Population19.21 billion

CapitalTyr
LeaderTithian of Mericles
FaithPsionics

Currencygold piece
AnimalThri-kreen

The Burnt World of Athas is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Tithian of Mericles with an iron fist, and remarkable for its smutty television, ban on automobiles, and vat-grown people. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 19.21 billion Athasians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Industry, Environment, and Education are also considered important, while Welfare and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tyr. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 91.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Athasian economy, worth a remarkable 8,090 trillion gold pieces a year, is mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Gambling, Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Tourism. Average income is an amazing 421,181 gold pieces, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,167,464 per year while the poor average 44,702, a ratio of 48.5 to 1.

Scientists earn more grant money for reproducing old experiments than trying anything new, travellers are often forcibly evicted by torch-bearing mobs, the Department of Health is snowed under by requests for crisper ciabatta and tenderer tagliatelle, and ministers are now allowed to put suggestions in the governmental suggestion box. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Athas's national animal is the Thri-kreen, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Psionics.

Athas is ranked 6,860th in the world and 1st in Athas for Fattest Citizens, with 19.78 Obesity Rate.

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Largest Gambling Industry: 3rdMost Armed: 139thLargest Black Market: 159thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 166thHighest Crime Rates: 211thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 292ndMost Secular: 340thMost Corrupt Governments: 342ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 402ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 430thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 467thLargest Retail Industry: 519thHighest Average Incomes: 650thHighest Economic Output: 785thRudest Citizens: 1,012thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,029thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,518thMost Efficient Economies: 1,532ndMost Subsidized Industry: 1,617thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,801stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,802ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 2,362ndLargest Insurance Industry: 2,368thTop
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Largest Governments: 3,407thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,316thMost Cultured: 4,458thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,815thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,176thMost Primitive: 5,553rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,068thBest Weather: 6,695thFattest Citizens: 6,860thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,019thLargest Populations: 8,487thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,449thTop
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 15,919thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 20,519thHighest Drug Use: 22,702nd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Athas, ministers are now allowed to put suggestions in the governmental suggestion box.
  • : Following new legislation in Athas, the Department of Health is snowed under by requests for crisper ciabatta and tenderer tagliatelle.
  • : Following new legislation in Athas, travellers are often forcibly evicted by torch-bearing mobs.
  • : Following new legislation in Athas, scientists earn more grant money for reproducing old experiments than trying anything new.
  • : Athas was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Insurance Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Athas, cars are banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Athas, pop sensation "Jack and the Holograms" is storming the charts.
  • : Following new legislation in Athas, all-natural foods are becoming a major fad.
  • : Athas was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Athas, the constant playing of Merry Birthday on Athasian radio has led to calls for the song to be classified as a crime against humanity.

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