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The Phantasm of Afi-Aftos

“Eschew Obfuscation”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Hegemony

Location: Fredonia

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Afi-Aftos

Population38.131 billion

CapitalDreck City
LeaderEl Guapo
FaithDudeism

CurrencyFishterous Correlation
AnimalVermicious Knid

The Phantasm of Afi-Aftos is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by El Guapo with an iron fist, and notable for its lack of airports, avowedly heterosexual populace, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 38.131 billion Afi-Aftosians 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, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Industry, with Administration and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dreck City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 75.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Afi-Aftosian economy, worth a remarkable 7,349 trillion Fishterous Correlations a year, is quite specialized and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Uranium Mining, Retail, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is an impressive 192,755 Fishterous Correlations, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 632,124 per year while the poor average 44,113, a ratio of 14.3 to 1.

Exploding toys that leak battery acid are back in the shops after the government declared child safety 'over-rated', nobody is forced to join the armed forces, the most popular household pet in Afi-Aftos is the domestic minor, and no one is worried about government policies any more. Crime is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Afi-Aftos's national animal is the Vermicious Knid, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Dudeism.

Afi-Aftos is ranked 207,055th in the world and 6th in Fredonia for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -27.17 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Most Subsidized Industry: 3rdMost Stationary: 9thLargest Populations: 58thLargest Mining Sector: 110thMost Ignorant Citizens: 185thLargest Black Market: 206thMost Corrupt Governments: 357thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 364thMost Primitive: 410thMost Avoided: 431stMost Efficient Economies: 518thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 612thHighest Crime Rates: 693rdFattest Citizens: 757thHighest Economic Output: 826thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 895thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 997thLargest Retail Industry: 1,583rdRudest Citizens: 1,974thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 4,708thMost Influential: 5,776thNudest: 6,194thHighest Average Incomes: 7,038thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,741stMost Armed: 10,019thTop
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Largest Governments: 11,042ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,267thMost Secular: 15,876thHighest Average Tax Rates: 18,440th

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