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The Queen's State of Athele

“Might Makes Right” the Governor

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Superpower

Location: Caracas



Population3.381 billion

CapitalCapital Heights
Leaderthe Governor


The Queen's State of Athele is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by the Governor with an iron fist, and notable for its state-planned economy, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 3.381 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 71.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Athelean economy, worth 56.4 trillion betales a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is mostly made up of the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Automobile Manufacturing and Basket Weaving. Average income is 16,680 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 189,559th in the world and 8th in Caracas for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -26.2 on the Hayek Index.

Most Authoritarian: 4,236thMost Income Equality: 9,749thTop
Most Devout: 14,768thMost Ignorant Citizens: 15,778thMost Extreme: 17,617thMost Conservative: 18,598th

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