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Largest Gambling Industry: 3rdMost Armed: 139thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 165th
The Burnt World of
Father Knows Best State
Only The Strong Survive
Influence
Power
Founder
Region
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
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Athas

Population18.773 billion

CapitalTyr
LeaderTithian of Mericles
FaithPsionics

Currencygold piece
AnimalThri-kreen

The Burnt World of Athas is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Tithian of Mericles with an iron fist, and remarkable for its public floggings, pith helmet sales, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 18.773 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, with Industry, Environment, and Education also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tyr. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 91.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Athasian economy, worth a remarkable 7,840 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 417,641 gold pieces, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,351,872 per year while the poor average 36,569, a ratio of 64.3 to 1.

Thri-kreens that venture near secret military bases are routinely executed for espionage, chalkboards are replaced with billboards in the classroom, newly synthesized elements' half-lives are a million times shorter than the time it takes to say their names, and the national guard is mobilized whenever a mother gets separated from her child at the mall. 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 9,637th in the world and 2nd in Athas for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 11,037.21 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

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Largest Gambling Industry: 3rdMost Armed: 139thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 165thLargest Black Market: 173rdHighest Crime Rates: 214thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 273rdMost Secular: 332ndMost Corrupt Governments: 335thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 364thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 392ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 458thLargest Retail Industry: 546thHighest Average Incomes: 659thHighest Economic Output: 818thRudest Citizens: 937thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,022ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,429thMost Efficient Economies: 1,482ndMost Subsidized Industry: 1,644thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,824thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,861stFattest Citizens: 2,044thMost Ignorant Citizens: 2,369thTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 2,531stLargest Governments: 3,367thMost Cultured: 4,439thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,492ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,856thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,051stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,296thBest Weather: 6,937thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,962ndLargest Populations: 8,544thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,637thMost Primitive: 10,028thTop
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 17,925thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 18,992ndHighest Drug Use: 22,818th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Athas, the national guard is mobilized whenever a mother gets separated from her child at the mall.
  • : Following new legislation in Athas, newly synthesized elements' half-lives are a million times shorter than the time it takes to say their names.
  • : Athas was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Athas, chalkboards are replaced with billboards in the classroom.
  • : Athas was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Athas was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Athas was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Fattest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Athas, Thri-kreens that venture near secret military bases are routinely executed for espionage.
  • : Following new legislation in Athas, the ban on cars has been repealed.
  • : Following new legislation in Athas, space shuttles regularly launch rubbish into space.

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