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The Protectorate of Spice Harvester 455

“He who controls the spice controls the universe.”

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

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Chicken overlords

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Spice Harvester 455

Population1.422 billion

Currencyspice
Animalsandworm

The Protectorate of Spice Harvester 455 is a massive, orderly nation, remarkable for its public floggings, vat-grown people, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 1.422 billion Spice Harvester 455ians 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 relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Healthcare. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 11.1%.

The very strong Spice Harvester 455ian economy, worth 120 trillion spices a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Soda Sales, and Uranium Mining. Average income is 84,410 spices, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 379,313 per year while the poor average 11,601, a ratio of 32.7 to 1.

Proprietary charger leads are now a pain for electric cars as well as cellphones, one-man canoes fitted with the latest tracking technology leave no room for one man, jails have become colloquially known as 'vampire houses', and unpopular politicians are often caught between a rock and a hard place. Crime, especially youth-related, is a problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Spice Harvester 455's national animal is the sandworm.

Spice Harvester 455 is ranked 36,321st in the world and 1,849th in Chicken overlords for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 4,010.31 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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5%
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 6,593rdFattest Citizens: 6,877thLargest Gambling Industry: 7,860thTop
10%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 10,549thLargest Retail Industry: 11,501stMost Ignorant Citizens: 11,576thHighest Disposable Incomes: 12,473rdLargest Insurance Industry: 17,233rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 18,916thMost Rebellious Youth: 19,518th
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 11th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 24th in the regionFattest Citizens: 32nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 33rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 47th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 59th in the regionTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 104th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 127th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 164th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 216th in the regionMost Inclusive: 220th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 233rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 257th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 286th in the regionMost Secular: 300th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 336th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 339th in the regionMost Influential: 347th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 408th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 423rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 423rd in the regionMost Conservative: 470th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 473rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 473rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 483rd in the regionMost Cultured: 491st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 494th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 521st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 527th in the regionLargest Governments: 575th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 599th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 642nd in the regionMost Average: 651st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 657th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 749th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 455, unpopular politicians are often caught between a rock and a hard place.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 455, jails have become colloquially known as 'vampire houses'.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 455, one-man canoes fitted with the latest tracking technology leave no room for one man.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 455, proprietary charger leads are now a pain for electric cars as well as cellphones.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 455, artists attempt to convince the Hardship Fund that their unmade bed is a masterpiece.
  • : Spice Harvester 455 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Spice Harvester 455 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 455, the Spice Harvester 455ian Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 455, the government is known to care more about its buildings than its people.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 455, prime commercial land is being swamped with archaeological teams.

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