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The Theocracy of PHPK

“Itís Time For Confession Children!”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Basket Case
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Chicken overlords



Population1.212 billion

CurrencyMoney Donated To The Church

The Theocracy of PHPK is a massive, orderly nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, irreverence towards religion, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical population of 1.212 billion PHPKians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Healthcare, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 47.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant PHPKian economy, worth 11.4 trillion Money Donated To The Churches a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient black market in Trout Farming, Basket Weaving, Cheese Exports, and Woodchip Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 9,436 Money Donated To The Churches, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Surveillance cameras are banned, a well-funded social safety net protects the unfortunate, the nation is ravaged by daily union strikes, and dog breeding has been banned in accordance with recent animal experimentation laws. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. PHPK's national animal is the Child.

PHPK is ranked 162,504th in the world and 1,761st in Chicken overlords for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring -57.88 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most Income Equality: 2,917thMost Authoritarian: 3,270thTop
Most Extreme: 8,479thMost Ignorant Citizens: 8,819thMost Primitive: 8,920thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 16,517th
Most Authoritarian: 8th in the regionMost Income Equality: 9th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 14th in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 27th in the regionMost Pacifist: 28th in the regionMost Conservative: 28th in the regionLargest Black Market: 46th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 52nd in the regionMost Primitive: 61st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 64th in the regionTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 102nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 110th in the regionNicest Citizens: 112th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 125th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 129th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 144th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 169th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 172nd in the regionLargest Governments: 173rd in the regionSafest: 182nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : PHPK was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : PHPK's influence in Chicken overlords rose from "Zero" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : PHPK altered its national flag.
  • : PHPK relocated from Osiris to Chicken overlords.
  • : PHPK was refounded in Osiris.
  • : PHPK ceased to exist in Chicken overlords.
  • : PHPK was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : PHPK was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Primitive.
  • : PHPK was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : PHPK was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Primitive.