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The Protectorate of Spice Harvester 114

“He who controls the spice controls the universe.”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Chicken overlords

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Spice Harvester 114

Population1.458 billion

Currencyspice
Animalsandworm

The Protectorate of Spice Harvester 114 is a massive, orderly nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, public floggings, and compulsory vegetarianism. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 1.458 billion Spice Harvester 114ians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Law & Order. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 35.4%.

The all-consuming Spice Harvester 114ian economy, worth 109 trillion spices a year, is quite specialized and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Automobile Manufacturing, and Soda Sales. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is 75,093 spices, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 259,624 per year while the poor average 15,877, a ratio of 16.4 to 1.

The well-off amuse themselves by organizing upstairs-downstairs stories within their second homes, procrastination is a national sport, the new hit series "Spice Harvester 114's Got Trauma" has corporate executives fleeing the country, and children are seen fighting in the playground for bread scraps that fall out of diamond-encrusted lunchboxes. Crime, especially youth-related, is a serious problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Spice Harvester 114's national animal is the sandworm, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Spice Harvester 114 is ranked 2,551st in the world and 3rd in Chicken overlords for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 9,702.08 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,551stMost Ignorant Citizens: 3,964thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5,723rdMost Secular: 5,769thMost Primitive: 6,079thLargest Retail Industry: 7,371stTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 14,216thMost Avoided: 15,321stMost Armed: 18,741stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 19,353rdMost Rebellious Youth: 19,482nd
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 14th in the regionMost Secular: 29th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 29th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 33rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 45th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 55th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 57th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 64th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 68th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 97th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 102nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 102nd in the regionMost Primitive: 107th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 118th in the regionMost Avoided: 119th in the regionMost Influential: 144th in the regionLargest Black Market: 160th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 223rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 228th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 239th in the regionMost Developed: 246th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 276th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 351st in the regionTop
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Most Conservative: 401st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 409th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 468th in the regionLargest Governments: 471st in the regionMost Average: 482nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 616th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 737th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 114, children are seen fighting in the playground for bread scraps that fall out of diamond-encrusted lunchboxes.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 114, the new hit series "Spice Harvester 114's Got Trauma" has corporate executives fleeing the country.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 114, procrastination is a national sport.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 114, the well-off amuse themselves by organizing upstairs-downstairs stories within their second homes.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 114, voting is compulsory.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 114, pizza parlors have been replaced by lima bean cafes.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 114, city workers have declared that rolling markets aren't good for business after all.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 114, new treatments are rejected if they cannot be explained using only one-syllable words.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 114, most of the nation's wealthy aristocrats are dentists.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 114, annual tax returns take at least two years to complete.

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