Peoples Free Democratic Republic of Atargistan
|Government||Unitary one-party socialist republic|
• 2019 census
|GDP (PPP)||2016 estimate|
• Per capita
The geography in Atargistan is varied, but is mostly mountainous and rugged, with some unusual mountain ridges accompanied by plateaus and river basins. The north western and central regions are dominated by the XXX range. Most of the highest points are in the north west consisting of fertile mountain valleys, the XXX range ends at the west-central highlands, creating plains in the center and southeast, namely the X and the X plains; these two regions consist of rolling grasslands and subtropical savanna. To the far east areas of the country are heavily forested, consisting of dense tropical rain forests.
The eastern areas of Atargistan have a tropical climate with two main seasons: the wet season and the dry season. The climate is generally warm and humid, and semiarid in the central regions before rising up to an Alpine climate in the north west and central areas that receives heavy snow during the winter.
Politics and Government
following the end of the Atargistan civil war the socialist forces emerged victorious and established the Peoples Free Democratic Republic of Atargistan. Following their victory the socialists established the Revolutionary council, which would serve as the supreme legislative and authoritative body for Atargistan. It is the only body permitted to make changes to the constitution,
The revolutionary council would convene yearly, and appoint from among themselves the head of the revolutionary council, who also serves as the Premier of Atargistan.
The Council of Ministers was also established and serves as the Atargistan cabinet. The council of ministers is the most important government body in Atargistan, and it runs all the governmental ministries. The appointment and membership of the council of ministers is decided by the PRPA, with the chairman answering to the revolutionary council.
The People's Revolutionary Party of Atargistan is the only legally permitted political entity in Atargistan. The central comittee of the PRPA effectively rules Atargistand, as it is the central comitee who appoints the members of the PRPA to the revolutionary council, the secretariat, and politburo, the key decision-making bodies of party and state.
The PRPA has two primary factions the more hardline and militant Asada, and the more moderate Aitifaqia factions. The PRPA enacted a number of reforms upon coming to power, including the abolishment of Haqiqatan as the state religion creating a clear seperation of church and state. Traditional practices that were deemed feudal – such as usury, bride price and forced marriage – were banned, and the minimum age of marriage was raised, extensive education programs were launched for both men and women, emancipation of women in general, land reform including the nationalization of major industries and utilities.
Atargistan has $72.9 billion GDP by purchasing power parity with a GDP per capita is $2,400. Despite having immense mineral wealth Atargistan is one of the worlds least developed countries, with its rough physical geography and its landlocked status contributing greatly to its lack of development. The country imports over $7 billion worth of goods but exports only $784 million, mainly fruits and nuts. The agriculture and mining sector contributed the most to the GDP (55.9%) followed by industry (23%) and service sector (21.1%).
Agricultural production is the backbone of Atargistan's economy and has traditionally dominated the economy, employing about 40% of the workforce as of 2018. The country is known for producing pomegranates, grapes, apricots, melons, and several other fresh and dry fruits. It is also known as one of the world's largest producer of opium – as much as 16% or more of the nation's economy is derived from the cultivation and sale of opium. It is also one of the world's top producers of cannabis with the cultivation of Saffron also being a crucial agricultural product.
The country's natural resources include: coal, copper, iron ore, lithium, uranium, rare earth elements, chromite, gold, zinc, talc, barite, sulfur, lead, marble, precious and semi-precious stones, natural gas, and petroleum.
An estimated 99.7% of the Atargistan population is Muslim of which 90% are of the Sunni denomination, 7% Shia and 3% non-denominational.