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The Protectorate of Spice Harvester 158

“He who controls the spice controls the universe.”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Thriving
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Chicken overlords

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Spice Harvester 158

Population1.751 billion

Currencyspice
Animalsandworm

The Protectorate of Spice Harvester 158 is a massive, orderly nation, remarkable for its frequent executions, keen interest in outer space, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 1.751 billion Spice Harvester 158ians 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, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Industry. The average income tax rate is 31.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Spice Harvester 158ian economy, worth 142 trillion spices 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 large, well-organized black market in Retail, Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Gambling. 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 81,580 spices, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

Education is transforming people into first-rate snobs, judges are all-powerful, golden statues of sandworms line the memorial avenues of the Funerary District, and the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Spice Harvester 158 City Times is sold out. Crime is a serious problem, possibly because it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many regulations. Spice Harvester 158's national animal is the sandworm, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Spice Harvester 158 is ranked 212,919th in the world and 10,905th in Chicken overlords for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring -9.75 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

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Most Avoided: 6,775thFattest Citizens: 7,257thLargest Retail Industry: 9,118thLargest Mining Sector: 9,589thLargest Gambling Industry: 10,482ndTop
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Largest Black Market: 16,823rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 17,549thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 19,121stHighest Crime Rates: 20,229th
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Most Avoided: 10th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 19th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 25th in the regionLargest Black Market: 29th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 33rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 40th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 46th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 67th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 69th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 70th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 77th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 82nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 85th in the regionMost Cultured: 106th in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 111th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 144th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 152nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 174th in the regionMost Influential: 193rd in the regionMost Conservative: 217th in the regionMost Developed: 278th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 281st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 315th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 317th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 324th in the regionLargest Governments: 378th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 379th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 411th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 454th in the regionMost Average: 541st in the regionTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 780th in the regionMost Income Equality: 785th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 907th in the regionMost Secular: 968th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 991st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1,057th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 158, the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Spice Harvester 158 City Times is sold out.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 158, golden statues of sandworms line the memorial avenues of the Funerary District.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 158, judges are all-powerful.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 158, education is transforming people into first-rate snobs.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 158, newspapers and TV broadcasters are given a list of 'acceptable words'.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 158, politicians sweat as journalists scour internet archives for any mention of them.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 158, the Spice Harvester 158 Enquirer offers weekly cash prizes for 'most blasphemous song, story, or cartoon'.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 158, the nation refuses to discard its increasingly useless penny.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 158, the most popular household pet in Spice Harvester 158 is the domestic minor.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 158, trespassers entering Leader's office are immediately vaporized.

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