by Max Barry

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The Free Land of HereIsPotato

“Cats and potatoes for everyone!”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population6.044 billion

LeaderChief Potato

AnimalHouse cat

The Free Land of HereIsPotato is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Chief Potato with a fair hand, and notable for its state-planned economy, complete lack of prisons, and ban on automobiles. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 6.044 billion HereIsPotatoans are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Patatia. The average income tax rate is 95.2%.

The thriving HereIsPotatoan economy, worth 595 trillion Potatoes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism and Furniture Restoration. Average income is 98,585 Potatoes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Dog owners proudly declare that their pups can predict when the mailman will arrive, the Party has more splits than a yo-yo dieter's trousers, the nation's politicians are known more for the internet memes they spawn than any of their accomplishments, and it is mandatory to learn evolution in schools. Crime is totally unknown. HereIsPotato's national animal is the House cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

HereIsPotato is ranked 40,782nd in the world and 1,349th in The North Pacific for Most Stationary, with 268.76227243648 Days.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 946thTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 1,655thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,706thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,715thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,888thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,952ndMost Influential: 2,546thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,950thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,016thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,064thNicest Citizens: 3,220thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,266thMost Pacifist: 3,462ndSafest: 3,784thBest Weather: 3,911thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,958thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,232ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,535thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,781stMost Inclusive: 4,850thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,855thHealthiest Citizens: 6,713thMost Cultured: 6,763rdTop
Largest Governments: 8,146thSmartest Citizens: 8,415thMost Rebellious Youth: 8,489thMost Secular: 8,607thNudest: 11,419thLowest Crime Rates: 13,977thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,524th
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 59th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 78th in the regionTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 87th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 92nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 94th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 108th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 126th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 129th in the regionNicest Citizens: 187th in the regionMost Pacifist: 193rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 193rd in the regionSafest: 203rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 205th in the regionBest Weather: 207th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 207th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 207th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 265th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 281st in the regionMost Inclusive: 290th in the regionMost Cultured: 313th in the regionNudest: 321st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 333rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 364th in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 410th in the regionMost Secular: 442nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 473rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 649th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 683rd in the regionLargest Populations: 702nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 773rd in the regionMost Influential: 774th in the region

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