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The Republic of Atle Fan

“It seems like a good idea at the time”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: The North Pacific


Atle Fan

Population2.763 billion

CapitalLoony Town
LeaderFirst Citizen


The Republic of Atle Fan is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by First Citizen with an even hand, and remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, keen interest in outer space, and prohibition of alcohol. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 2.763 billion Atle Fanians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The tiny, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Loony Town. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 2.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Atle Fanian economy, worth 768 trillion bitcoins a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Tourism, and Arms Manufacturing. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an amazing 278,284 bitcoins, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 889,358 per year while the poor average 66,148, a ratio of 13.4 to 1.

Drunk drivers are sent to rehabilitation paid for by the government, citizens are exhausted from weekly general elections, former bars are desperately trying to re-brand themselves as cafés, and children are disappointed to learn that cavemen never had a yabba-dabba-doo time riding dinosaurs to work. Crime is totally unknown. Atle Fan's national animal is the cat, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Atle Fan is ranked 11,150th in the world and 429th in The North Pacific for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 8,218.1 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Largest Retail Industry: 717thHighest Disposable Incomes: 859thLargest Agricultural Sector: 916thRudest Citizens: 925thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,223rdMost Efficient Economies: 1,407thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,683rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,926thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 2,468thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,599thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,638thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,683rdLargest Insurance Industry: 2,821stMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,940thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,955thSmartest Citizens: 4,766thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,836thMost Secular: 5,051stLargest Gambling Industry: 5,169thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,358thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,076thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,850thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,858thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8,199thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,799thFattest Citizens: 8,929thTop
Largest Governments: 10,547thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 10,922ndLargest Mining Sector: 11,150thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 11,275thMost Influential: 12,006thLargest Black Market: 13,411thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,752ndMost Developed: 15,149thMost Rebellious Youth: 16,254thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,420th
Highest Disposable Incomes: 30th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 36th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 38th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 40th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 46th in the regionRudest Citizens: 56th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 70th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 77th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 97th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 97th in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 102nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 106th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 120th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 145th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 175th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 196th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 254th in the regionMost Secular: 273rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 279th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 280th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 280th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 289th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 310th in the regionFattest Citizens: 330th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 358th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 359th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 410th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 429th in the regionLargest Black Market: 491st in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 511th in the regionMost Armed: 576th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 588th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 682nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 690th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 697th in the regionMost Developed: 797th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 878th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Atle Fan, children are disappointed to learn that cavemen never had a yabba-dabba-doo time riding dinosaurs to work.
  • : Atle Fan changed its national motto to "It seems like a good idea at the time" and its nation type to "Republic".
  • : Following new legislation in Atle Fan, former bars are desperately trying to re-brand themselves as cafés.
  • : Atle Fan was reclassified from "Capitalist Paradise" to "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Atle Fan, citizens are exhausted from weekly general elections.
  • : Following new legislation in Atle Fan, drunk drivers are sent to rehabilitation paid for by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in Atle Fan, jabbing a baby's bottle at officials gets parents waved straight through immigration.
  • : Following new legislation in Atle Fan, most mothers are forced to quit their jobs to care for infants.
  • : Following new legislation in Atle Fan, children wondering what happens to pets after they die are shown where the compost heap is.
  • : Following new legislation in Atle Fan, it is illegal for police officers to carry out searches due to strict privacy laws.


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