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The Queen's State of Athele

“Might Makes Right” the Governor

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Struggling
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Power

Location: Caracas

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Athele

Population1.342 billion

CapitalCapital Heights
Leaderthe Governor

Currencybetale
Animaldeer

The Queen's State of Athele is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by the Governor with an iron fist, and notable for its compulsory military service, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 1.342 billion Atheleans are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Law & Order, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Capital Heights. The average income tax rate is 70.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Athelean economy, worth 23.6 trillion betales a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is mostly made up of the Trout Farming industry. Average income is 17,574 betales, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Athele has designated Capital Heights as its capital city, the government is more interested in identifying problems than fixing them, the government has declined to declare any particular religion as its 'official' one, and The Governor has just been declared ruler of Athele in an international press conference. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Athele's national animal is the deer, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Athele is ranked 7,712th in the world and 1st in Caracas for Most Income Equality, scoring 88.97 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

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Most Authoritarian: 3,070thMost Income Equality: 7,712thMost Extreme: 8,168thTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 11,654thMost Devout: 12,012thMost Conservative: 16,237th
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Conservative: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Income Equality: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the region

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