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The Theocracy of PHPK

“Itís Time For Confession Children!”

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

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: Chicken overlords



Population2.734 billion

CurrencyMoney Donated To The Church

The Theocracy of PHPK is a massive, orderly nation, renowned for its state-planned economy, irreverence towards religion, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical population of 2.734 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, Defense, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 49.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant PHPKian economy, worth 25.0 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 Basket Weaving, Trout Farming, Woodchip Exports, and Cheese 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 9,146 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 166,491st in the world and 6,760th in Chicken overlords for Least Corrupt Governments, with 91.24 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

Most Income Equality: 3,453rdMost Authoritarian: 4,212thTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 11,725thMost Primitive: 12,467thMost Extreme: 14,327th
Most Authoritarian: 5th in the regionMost Income Equality: 9th in the regionTop
Most Pacifist: 99th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 154th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 158th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 163rd in the regionMost Conservative: 164th in the regionNicest Citizens: 174th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 215th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 247th in the regionLargest Populations: 253rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 281st in the regionSafest: 284th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 299th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 312th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 318th in the regionTop
Most Secular: 359th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 361st in the regionMost Primitive: 370th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 428th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 433rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 442nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 451st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 523rd in the regionMost Cultured: 534th in the regionLargest Governments: 604th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : PHPK's influence in Chicken overlords fell from "Shoeshiner" to "Sprat".
  • : PHPK was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : 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 relocated from Balder to Chicken overlords.
  • : PHPK altered its national flag.
  • : PHPK was refounded in Balder.
  • : PHPK ceased to exist in Chicken overlords.
  • : PHPK was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : PHPK was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Extreme.