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Most Influential: 507thLargest Information Technology Sector: 663rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 769th
The Empire of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy Fascists
Atain Above All!
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population9.852 billion

LeaderThe President


The Empire of Atain is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by The President with an even hand, and renowned for its prohibition of alcohol, rampant corporate plagiarism, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 9.852 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 2,887 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 293,055 Reams, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Cremation is compulsory for the deceased, daisy chain gangs plant flowers and pick up litter, babies are a small but significant export, and old dogs don't have to learn new tricks but they have to prove they haven't forgotten old ones. 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 155,905th in the world and 5,797th in Balder for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring -3.16 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

Most Influential: 507thLargest Information Technology Sector: 663rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 769thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 816thLargest Retail Industry: 1,089thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,104thRudest Citizens: 1,312thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,467thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,592ndMost Avoided: 1,621stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,678thMost Secular: 1,935thHighest Average Incomes: 2,126thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,217thTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,415thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,460thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,467thSmartest Citizens: 2,605thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,889thMost Efficient Economies: 3,010thMost Developed: 3,235thHealthiest Citizens: 3,828thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,474thHighest Economic Output: 4,600thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,624thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,650thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,672ndLargest Gambling Industry: 5,113thLargest Mining Sector: 5,839thLargest Black Market: 6,071stLargest Publishing Industry: 6,843rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,867thLargest Governments: 9,626thMost Armed: 11,100thTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 13,703rdMost Subsidized Industry: 15,654thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,254thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,468thMost Cultured: 22,068th
Most Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 21st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 30th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 34th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 39th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 44th in the regionRudest Citizens: 48th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 52nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 52nd in the regionMost Secular: 64th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 66th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 83rd in the regionTop
Most Avoided: 84th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 86th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 90th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 94th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 113th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 116th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 116th in the regionMost Developed: 125th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 141st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 150th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 159th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 174th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 198th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 227th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 241st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 265th in the regionLargest Black Market: 292nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 298th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 325th in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 457th in the regionLargest Governments: 525th in the regionMost Armed: 566th in the regionLargest Populations: 752nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 776th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 783rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Atain's influence in Balder rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Following new legislation in Atain, old dogs don't have to learn new tricks but they have to prove they haven't forgotten old ones.
  • : Atain was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : Atain's influence in Balder rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Atain was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : Following new legislation in Atain, babies are a small but significant export.
  • : Following new legislation in Atain, daisy chain gangs plant flowers and pick up litter.
  • : Atain's influence in Balder rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Atain was refounded in Balder.
  • : Atain ceased to exist in The North Pacific.


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