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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 5,526thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,124thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,375th
The Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
God wills it
Influence
Page
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Ahter

Population3.156 billion

CapitalKlausLand
Leader11 the kaiser of ahter

Currencyrubes
AnimalSnow leopard

The Empire of Ahter is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by 11 the kaiser of ahter with an iron fist, and renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, smutty television, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 3.156 billion Ahterians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of KlausLand. The average income tax rate is 66.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Ahterian economy, worth 473 trillion rubeses a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 150,121 rubeses, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.1 times as much as the poorest.

The intelligence community is playing 4-D chess with an imaginary spy network, the government supplies ragtag bands of resistance fighters in exchange for vague promises of future payment, cricket farmers use magnifying glasses to fit every member of their herd with tiny tracking tags, and promising seven years of bad luck leads to seven years of community service. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ahter's national animal is the Snow leopard, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Ahter is ranked 18,793rd in the world and 16th in Soviet Democracy for Largest Governments, scoring 26.93 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 5,526thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,124thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,375thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,424thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,604thLargest Mining Sector: 8,849thLowest Crime Rates: 9,463rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9,826thMost Conservative: 10,099thTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 12,971stMost Developed: 13,382ndMost Avoided: 13,424thMost Authoritarian: 14,058thMost Cultured: 14,150thHighest Average Incomes: 14,154thLargest Publishing Industry: 14,776thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 15,691stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 16,341stHighest Poor Incomes: 17,463rdLargest Governments: 18,793rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 19,019thMost Secular: 20,954thMost Efficient Economies: 20,983rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 21,438thSmartest Citizens: 21,854thLongest Average Lifespans: 22,289thLargest Retail Industry: 23,049thHealthiest Citizens: 23,478thLargest Information Technology Sector: 23,604th
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Largest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Conservative: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ahter, promising seven years of bad luck leads to seven years of community service.
  • : Following new legislation in Ahter, cricket farmers use magnifying glasses to fit every member of their herd with tiny tracking tags.
  • : Following new legislation in Ahter, the government supplies ragtag bands of resistance fighters in exchange for vague promises of future payment.
  • : Ahter's influence in Soviet Democracy rose from "Shoeshiner" to "Page".
  • : Ahter was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Ahter, the intelligence community is playing 4-D chess with an imaginary spy network.
  • : Following new legislation in Ahter, wealthy pranksters dump refuse on unsuspecting citizens from up high.
  • : Following new legislation in Ahter, a common response to government PSAs is "well, DUH, obviously".
  • : Following new legislation in Ahter, baby dolls thrown in the trash are a leading cause of panic attacks.
  • : Following new legislation in Ahter, terrorist videos start by thanking their sponsors.

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