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Athens But Better

Population824 million



The Democratic States of Athens But Better is a huge, safe nation, notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, parental licensing program, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 824 million Athens But Betters enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Athens. The average income tax rate is 42.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Athens But Betterian economy, worth 62.5 trillion Dinars a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Uranium Mining industry, with major contributions from Automobile Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. Average income is 75,831 Dinars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

A cat may look at a king and a dude can look at an ass, visiting dignitaries make excuses to leave functions early and head to the nearest pub, farting etiquette is taught in schools, and bread-gangs raid restaurant waste bins to stockpile uneaten rolls. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Athens But Better's national animal is the Owl, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Athens But Better is ranked 189,274th in the world and 1,036th in Europe for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring -4.9 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,446thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,353rdMost Influential: 5,814thTop
Largest Mining Sector: 12,293rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 17,632nd
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 30th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 58th in the region

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