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The Protectorate of Spice Harvester 174

“He who controls the spice controls the universe.”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Chicken overlords

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Spice Harvester 174

Population1.43 billion

Currencyspice
Animalsandworm

The Protectorate of Spice Harvester 174 is a massive, cultured nation, renowned for its ritual sacrifices, pith helmet sales, and enforced nudity. The hard-working, cynical, devout population of 1.43 billion Spice Harvester 174ians 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 large, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Law & Order, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 52.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Spice Harvester 174ian economy, worth 85.3 trillion spices a year, is quite specialized and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 59,653 spices, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Psychiatrists that date patients are congratulated on their romantic conquests, tax-payers are funding ever more extravagant movie projects, serial killers who are released early distribute death but not their seed, and giggling teens are asked to put their mouths on rubber dolls. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Spice Harvester 174's national animal is the sandworm, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Spice Harvester 174 is ranked 55,922nd in the world and 204th in Chicken overlords for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 52.85 Effective Tax Rate.

Top
1%
Nudest: 2,058thTop
10%
Largest Retail Industry: 12,075thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,887thLargest Publishing Industry: 18,816thMost Rebellious Youth: 19,508th
Top
1%
Nudest: 10th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 16th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 38th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 39th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 49th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 69th in the regionTop
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Most Cultured: 80th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 82nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 95th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 104th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 106th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 118th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 132nd in the regionLargest Governments: 141st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 152nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 177th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 185th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 204th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 207th in the regionMost Developed: 216th in the regionMost Influential: 222nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 229th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 238th in the regionMost Devout: 247th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 258th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 262nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 285th in the regionMost Average: 287th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 294th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 346th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 352nd in the regionTop
10%
Most Valuable International Artwork: 380th in the regionMost Conservative: 407th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 421st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 443rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 448th in the regionMost Pacifist: 483rd in the regionBest Weather: 483rd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 547th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 688th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Spice Harvester 174 was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Nudest.
  • : Spice Harvester 174 was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Nudest and the Top 10% for Most Rebellious Youth.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 174, giggling teens are asked to put their mouths on rubber dolls.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 174, serial killers who are released early distribute death but not their seed.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 174, tax-payers are funding ever more extravagant movie projects.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 174, psychiatrists that date patients are congratulated on their romantic conquests.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 174, young and brooding teens are welcomed with open arms to the Dogwarts School of Strangeness and Sorcery.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 174, vital intelligence-gathering activities are put on hold as agents return home for seduction training and advanced poker instruction.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 174, getting an infected tattoo is considered a rite of passage in Spice Harvester 174.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 174, the nation's soldiers often believe they're in the Air Force.

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