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The Protectorate of Spice Harvester 353

“He who controls the spice controls the universe.”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Chicken overlords

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Spice Harvester 353

Population1.718 billion

Currencyspice
Animalsandworm

The Protectorate of Spice Harvester 353 is a massive, safe nation, remarkable for its zero percent divorce rate, state-planned economy, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed population of 1.718 billion Spice Harvester 353ians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. The average income tax rate is 32.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The strong Spice Harvester 353ian economy, worth 101 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 slick, highly efficient black market in Retail, Arms Manufacturing, Gambling, and Information Technology. 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 59,246 spices, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Nihilistic thrill-seekers claim that suicide by roller coaster is the ultimate life experience, astronomers are flocking to Spice Harvester 353 to take advantage of its clear night skies, orphanages are closing their doors as the government forces parents to actually raise their children, and truancy levels are on the rise ever since school registers were banned. Crime is well under control, thanks to a well-funded police force. Spice Harvester 353's national animal is the sandworm, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Spice Harvester 353 is ranked 19,403rd in the world and 2,135th in Chicken overlords for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 6,792.18 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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10%
Largest Retail Industry: 15,536thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 15,908thLargest Gambling Industry: 19,403rdMost Rebellious Youth: 19,421stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 20,510th
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1%
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 72nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 73rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 92nd in the regionTop
5%
Highest Poor Incomes: 116th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 120th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 169th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 175th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 234th in the regionMost Secular: 246th in the regionLargest Black Market: 284th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 294th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 307th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 325th in the regionMost Average: 360th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 367th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 367th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 369th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 382nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 435th in the regionMost Influential: 452nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 463rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 519th in the regionLargest Governments: 519th in the regionMost Pacifist: 540th in the regionTop
10%
Most Authoritarian: 554th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 577th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 590th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 621st in the regionMost Conservative: 627th in the regionSafest: 657th in the regionMost Income Equality: 676th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 739th in the regionMost Developed: 768th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 954th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 983rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Spice Harvester 353 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 353, truancy levels are on the rise ever since school registers were banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 353, orphanages are closing their doors as the government forces parents to actually raise their children.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 353, astronomers are flocking to Spice Harvester 353 to take advantage of its clear night skies.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 353, nihilistic thrill-seekers claim that suicide by roller coaster is the ultimate life experience.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 353, rocket boots and thermal detonators have become standard-issue military gear.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 353, children are disappointed to learn that cavemen never had a yabba-dabba-doo time riding dinosaurs to work.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 353, the nation's black ops are starting to get on people's nerves.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 353, armed war-criminals gain asylum if deemed 'fabulous' enough.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 353, unpopular cops are fired at a moment's notice by the citizens they police.

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