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The Protectorate of Spice Harvester 214

“He who controls the spice controls the universe.”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Chicken overlords

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Spice Harvester 214

Population1.462 billion

Currencyspice
Animalsandworm

The Protectorate of Spice Harvester 214 is a massive, cultured nation, remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, vat-grown people, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 1.462 billion Spice Harvester 214ians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Industry, and Education. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 37.8%.

The all-consuming Spice Harvester 214ian economy, worth 101 trillion spices a year, is dominated by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Woodchip Exports, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is 69,575 spices, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 300,296 per year while the poor average 10,269, a ratio of 29.2 to 1.

The nation has become a pariah for giving pirates letters of marque, enemy navies sail within bombardment range of major coastal cities with impunity, earthquake sirens are a leading cause of hearing loss, and police conduct raids on children having snail races. Crime is a problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Spice Harvester 214's national animal is the sandworm, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Spice Harvester 214 is ranked 71,642nd in the world and 3,292nd in Chicken overlords for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 2,105.52 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Largest Retail Industry: 7,089thMost Primitive: 7,152ndTop
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Most Avoided: 13,507thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 16,288thFattest Citizens: 16,494thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 19,501stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,591st
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Largest Retail Industry: 11th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 28th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 48th in the regionMost Cultured: 51st in the regionMost Developed: 56th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 58th in the regionTop
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Most Avoided: 90th in the regionLargest Black Market: 96th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 126th in the regionMost Primitive: 128th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 143rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 174th in the regionMost Average: 220th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 228th in the regionMost Influential: 254th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 261st in the regionMost Secular: 287th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 293rd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 343rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 348th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 364th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 406th in the regionLargest Governments: 407th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 422nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 446th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 448th in the regionMost Conservative: 530th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 625th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Spice Harvester 214 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 214, police conduct raids on children having snail races.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 214, earthquake sirens are a leading cause of hearing loss.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 214, enemy navies sail within bombardment range of major coastal cities with impunity.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 214, the nation has become a pariah for giving pirates letters of marque.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 214, a video of Leader wearing shock-blue face paint and smashing an electric guitar in front of a frenzied crowd is on endless repeat on the nightly news.
  • : Spice Harvester 214 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 214, athletes and street criminals compete for solid steel baseball bats.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 214, motorists must pay to enter inner-cities during peak hours.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 214, whole-wheat loaves are sold under the counter in brown paper bags.

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