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The Burnt World of Athas

“Only The Strong Survive”

Category: Father Knows Best State
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Location: Athas

Regional Influence: Power


The Burnt World of Athas is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Tithian of Mericles with an iron fist, and notable for its punitive income tax rates, compulsory gun ownership, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 19.252 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 91.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Athasian economy, worth a remarkable 8,106 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 421,080 gold pieces, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,178,113 per year while the poor average 44,226, a ratio of 49.2 to 1.

Ministers are now allowed to put suggestions in the governmental suggestion box, surrealist houses shaped like mushrooms and volcanoes dominate the wealthiest neighborhoods, male cubicle workers stand up every time a woman enters the room, and libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars. 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 3,407th in the world and 1st in Athas for Largest Governments, scoring 45.71 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

Largest Gambling Industry: 3rdMost Armed: 144thLargest Black Market: 160thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 163rdHighest Crime Rates: 210thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 297thMost Secular: 337thMost Corrupt Governments: 343rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 404thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 420thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 473rdLargest Retail Industry: 515thHighest Average Incomes: 653rdHighest Economic Output: 786thRudest Citizens: 1,018thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,026thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,525thMost Efficient Economies: 1,536thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,624thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,797thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,803rdLargest Insurance Industry: 2,379thTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 2,736thLargest Governments: 3,407thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,349thMost Cultured: 4,512thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,838thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,184thMost Primitive: 5,794thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,110thBest Weather: 6,707thFattest Citizens: 6,971stHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,995thLargest Populations: 8,467thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,141stTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 15,836thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 20,407thHighest Drug Use: 22,614th

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