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Most Influential: 505thLargest Information Technology Sector: 659thHighest Disposable Incomes: 766th
The Empire of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy Communists
Atain Above All!
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population9.807 billion

LeaderThe President


The Empire of Atain is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by The President with an even hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, sprawling nuclear power plants, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 9.807 billion Atainians 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 Education, Industry, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Eagleton. The average income tax rate is 4.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Atainian economy, worth a remarkable 2,874 trillion Reams a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Automobile Manufacturing. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an amazing 293,081 Reams, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Infantry are nicknamed "mushrooms" because they get fed crap and are left in the dark, cremation is compulsory for the deceased, daisy chain gangs plant flowers and pick up litter, and babies are a small but significant export. Crime is totally unknown. Atain's national animal is the Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Atain is ranked 2,466th in the world and 143rd in Balder for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 159.4 on the Hayek Index.

Most Influential: 505thLargest Information Technology Sector: 659thHighest Disposable Incomes: 766thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 792ndLargest Retail Industry: 1,079thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,106thRudest Citizens: 1,314thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,458thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,559thMost Avoided: 1,606thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,663rdMost Secular: 1,927thHighest Average Incomes: 2,102ndTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,214thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,392ndMost Rebellious Youth: 2,459thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,466thSmartest Citizens: 2,597thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,832ndMost Efficient Economies: 2,994thMost Developed: 3,234thHealthiest Citizens: 3,856thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,411thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,559thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,617thHighest Economic Output: 4,619thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,680thLargest Gambling Industry: 5,126thLargest Mining Sector: 5,738thLargest Black Market: 5,994thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,832ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,815thLargest Governments: 9,613thMost Armed: 10,925thTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 13,572ndMost Subsidized Industry: 15,568thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,254thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,469thMost Cultured: 22,069th
Most Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 21st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 32nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 34th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 38th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 41st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 48th in the regionRudest Citizens: 48th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 49th in the regionMost Secular: 61st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 65th in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 81st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 81st in the regionMost Avoided: 84th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 85th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 89th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 113th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 113th in the regionMost Developed: 119th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 120th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 143rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 146th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 162nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 171st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 184th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 221st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 238th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 272nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 282nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 287th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 314th in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 474th in the regionLargest Governments: 503rd in the regionMost Armed: 555th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 756th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 763rd in the region

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