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The Protectorate of Spice Harvester 398

“He who controls the spice controls the universe.”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Chicken overlords

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Spice Harvester 398

Population1.469 billion

Currencyspice
Animalsandworm

The Protectorate of Spice Harvester 398 is a massive, efficient nation, renowned for its unlimited-speed roads, frequent executions, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 1.469 billion Spice Harvester 398ians 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, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Law & Order, and Industry. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 49.4%.

The powerhouse Spice Harvester 398ian economy, worth 97.9 trillion spices a year, is dominated by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Arms Manufacturing, and Cheese Exports. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 66,651 spices, with the richest citizens earning 7.0 times as much as the poorest.

Criminals always seem to be forewarned of police raids, the nation is automatically assumed to be the source of all unmarked weapons, the "war on terror" doesn't seem to be making Spice Harvester 398ians any less frightened, and an alabaster statue of an ancient cat-deity takes pride of place in the centre of Spice Harvester 398 City. Crime, especially youth-related, is relatively low, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Spice Harvester 398's national animal is the sandworm, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Spice Harvester 398 is ranked 176,402nd in the world and 7,162nd in Chicken overlords for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -7.75 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 2,762ndLargest Retail Industry: 7,187thTop
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 14,286thMost Devout: 16,605thMost Conservative: 19,188thMost Advanced Public Transport: 19,553rd
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Largest Retail Industry: 12th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 44th in the regionMost Devout: 56th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 66th in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 104th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 112th in the regionMost Conservative: 123rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 153rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 213th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 226th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 234th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 245th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 247th in the regionLargest Black Market: 248th in the regionLargest Governments: 250th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 280th in the regionMost Influential: 316th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 321st in the regionTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 479th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 527th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 555th in the regionSafest: 560th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 577th in the regionMost Average: 608th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 644th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 682nd in the regionMost Developed: 762nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Spice Harvester 398 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 398, an alabaster statue of an ancient cat-deity takes pride of place in the centre of Spice Harvester 398 City.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 398, the "war on terror" doesn't seem to be making Spice Harvester 398ians any less frightened.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 398, the nation is automatically assumed to be the source of all unmarked weapons.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 398, criminals always seem to be forewarned of police raids.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 398, bereaved families are assigned a new housemate the day after the funeral.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 398, planespotters are emigrating in droves.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 398, the acceptance of acupuncture and other alternative therapies has needled the scientific community.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 398, nursing mothers are often arrested for indecent exposure.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 398, cricket farmers use magnifying glasses to fit every member of their herd with tiny tracking tags.

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