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The Tar Deposits of Athabasca Sands

“Thar's Black Gold in them thar Sands!”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
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Location: War Weary

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise


The Tar Deposits of Athabasca Sands is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by His Oiliness Nick Athabasca with an iron fist, and renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, smutty television, and hatred of cheese. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 15.617 billion Athabascans 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 medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of McMurray. The average income tax rate is 37.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Athabasca Sandsian economy, worth a remarkable 2,923 trillion Tars a year, is fairly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Retail, and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 187,203 Tars, with the richest citizens earning 5.3 times as much as the poorest.

Paralegals spend all day Hewlett-Packing attorneys' law briefs, some of the country's most famous photographers are animals, tombstones are ten feet high to accommodate the names of inhabitants, and a newly discovered small mammal's name translates into Athabasca Sandsian as 'your finger, you fool'. Crime, especially youth-related, is well under control, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Athabasca Sands's national animal is the Ghost, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Frackism.

Athabasca Sands is ranked 7,379th in the world and 1st in War Weary for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 6,949.58 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Largest Black Market: 1,570thLargest Mining Sector: 2,303rdTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,373rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,759thMost Avoided: 3,836thLargest Retail Industry: 3,954thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,063rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,217thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,427thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,771stHighest Economic Output: 5,059thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,259thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7,312thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,379thMost Efficient Economies: 8,033rdHighest Average Incomes: 8,153rdMost Subsidized Industry: 9,054thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10,022ndMost Secular: 10,462ndTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 12,495thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,794thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15,465thLargest Populations: 15,590thMost Influential: 17,904thHighest Poor Incomes: 19,924thLargest Publishing Industry: 22,714th

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