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The Pacific Coast Highway of Avakael

“Things are about to get a whole lot stranger...”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The East Pacific

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Avakael

Population24.99 billion

CapitalMakkrathan
LeaderAvakael
FaithCruor

CurrencyHalicarnassus
AnimalWhite Phoenix

The Pacific Coast Highway of Avakael is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Avakael with an iron fist, and remarkable for its absence of drug laws, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 24.99 billion Avakaelians 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 juggles the competing demands of Industry, Law & Order, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Makkrathan. The average income tax rate is 56.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Avakaelian economy, worth a remarkable 3,521 trillion Halicarnassuses a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Woodchip Exports, and Soda Sales. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 140,922 Halicarnassuses, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Foreigners must sell an arm and a leg to afford surgery in Avakael, the legislature keeps promising "more study" of corruption allegations against the parliamentary whip system, judges are rumored to find in favor of whoever bribes them the most, and sales of trenchcoats are on the rise. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Avakael's national animal is the White Phoenix, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Cruor.

Avakael is ranked 4,047th in the world and 87th in The East Pacific for Fattest Citizens, with 25.99 Obesity Rate.

Top
5%
Highest Economic Output: 3,291stLargest Populations: 3,648thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,691stFattest Citizens: 4,047thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,299thLargest Black Market: 5,034thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,826thMost Influential: 8,474thLargest Insurance Industry: 9,019thTop
10%
Largest Mining Sector: 11,204thMost Rebellious Youth: 11,965thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,374thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,382ndHighest Average Incomes: 15,629thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17,125thHighest Drug Use: 17,999thMost Corrupt Governments: 19,809thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 19,852ndSafest: 19,924th
Top
1%
Largest Populations: 24th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 48th in the regionTop
5%
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 84th in the regionFattest Citizens: 87th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 112th in the regionLargest Black Market: 143rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 175th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 283rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 287th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 301st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 328th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 351st in the regionTop
10%
Highest Average Incomes: 433rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 458th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 487th in the regionMost Influential: 491st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 585th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 592nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 602nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 628th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 635th in the regionLargest Governments: 648th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 672nd in the regionSafest: 709th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 774th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 787th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Avakael was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Mining Sector.
  • : Avakael was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Mining Sector and the Top 10% for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Avakael was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector.
  • : Avakael was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : Avakael was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Rebellious Youth.
  • : Avakael was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Avakael was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : Avakael was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Avakael was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, Most Scientifically Advanced, and Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Avakael was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Mining Sector.

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