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The Protectorate of Spice Harvester 192

“He who controls the spice controls the universe.”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Chicken overlords

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Spice Harvester 192

Population1.433 billion

Currencyspice
Animalsandworm

The Protectorate of Spice Harvester 192 is a massive, efficient nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, ritual sacrifices, and feral children. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 1.433 billion Spice Harvester 192ians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Healthcare, and Industry. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 39.2%.

The very strong Spice Harvester 192ian economy, worth 95.7 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, Soda Sales, Basket Weaving, and Furniture Restoration. 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 66,793 spices, with the richest citizens earning 7.7 times as much as the poorest.

The nationalistic national anthem inspires citizens to literally spit at foreigners, children have lost interest in toy guns in favor of toy meth lab kits, belligerent citizens shoot at passing clouds for 'violating their airspace', and discarded pennies litter the streets. Crime is a serious problem. Spice Harvester 192's national animal is the sandworm, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Spice Harvester 192 is ranked 80,059th in the world and 390th in Chicken overlords for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 39.25 Effective Tax Rate.

Top
5%
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 3,292ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 6,438thFattest Citizens: 6,888thMost Primitive: 7,462ndLargest Retail Industry: 10,303rdTop
10%
Most Avoided: 10,459thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,442ndLargest Black Market: 19,127thHighest Crime Rates: 20,065th
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 9th in the regionFattest Citizens: 30th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 32nd in the regionMost Avoided: 44th in the regionLargest Black Market: 46th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 54th in the regionTop
5%
Most Ignorant Citizens: 83rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 86th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 101st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 122nd in the regionMost Primitive: 133rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 194th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 194th in the regionMost Average: 194th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 210th in the regionMost Influential: 240th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 269th in the regionMost Cultured: 273rd in the regionMost Devout: 314th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 315th in the regionLargest Governments: 369th in the regionMost Pacifist: 371st in the regionTop
10%
Most Corrupt Governments: 378th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 382nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 390th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 393rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 406th in the regionMost Conservative: 490th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 540th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 739th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Spice Harvester 192 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Retail Industry and the Top 10% for Highest Crime Rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 192, discarded pennies litter the streets.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 192, belligerent citizens shoot at passing clouds for 'violating their airspace'.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 192, children have lost interest in toy guns in favor of toy meth lab kits.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 192, the nationalistic national anthem inspires citizens to literally spit at foreigners.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 192, it's rare to find an unchewed pencil.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 192, home renovation shows are increasingly popular.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 192, end-of-year production reports state that the revolution is really going with a bang.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 192, stony-faced prosecutors play loud gangster rap music during court proceedings.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 192, solid-gold toilets are Spice Harvester 192ian prisons' least expensive furnishings.

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