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The Protectorate of Spice Harvester 492

“He who controls the spice controls the universe.”

Category: Moralistic Democracy
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Chicken overlords

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Spice Harvester 492

Population1.702 billion

Currencyspice
Animalsandworm

The Protectorate of Spice Harvester 492 is a massive, safe nation, notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, public floggings, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed population of 1.702 billion Spice Harvester 492ians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Law & Order, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 33.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The Spice Harvester 492ian economy, worth 100 trillion spices a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Soda Sales, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is 58,943 spices, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The experimental sculpture "Overtures In Dried Sandworm Dung" has been declared a national treasure, traffic jams are a common sight due to construction work from a massive overhaul of the nation's freeways, if they thought anyone would listen the older generation would likely say that nobody listens to them any more, and the dessert 'Death by Chocolate' isn't the most lethal dish on the menu. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Spice Harvester 492's national animal is the sandworm.

Spice Harvester 492 is ranked 77,132nd in the world and 5,428th in Chicken overlords for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 2,000.09 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Largest Retail Industry: 15,095thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 17,889th
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Highest Poor Incomes: 62nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 65th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 67th in the regionTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 128th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 175th in the regionMost Conservative: 193rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 200th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 244th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 256th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 269th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 329th in the regionMost Influential: 332nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 333rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 350th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 361st in the regionMost Devout: 371st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 390th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 408th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 426th in the regionLargest Governments: 436th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 466th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 469th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 494th in the regionMost Cultured: 534th in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 559th in the regionMost Developed: 564th in the regionMost Average: 577th in the regionMost Income Equality: 584th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 664th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 692nd in the regionSafest: 752nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 849th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 854th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 907th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 930th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,055th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 492, the dessert 'Death by Chocolate' isn't the most lethal dish on the menu.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 492, if they thought anyone would listen the older generation would likely say that nobody listens to them any more.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 492, traffic jams are a common sight due to construction work from a massive overhaul of the nation's freeways.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 492, the experimental sculpture "Overtures In Dried Sandworm Dung" has been declared a national treasure.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 492, army rations are served on silver platters.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 492, mollycoddled youths run the country.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 492, the tenet of free speech is held dear.
  • : Spice Harvester 492 was reclassified from "Iron Fist Consumerists" to "Moralistic Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 492, you can call your arthritic immigrant neighbour for all your roof-tiling and guttering needs.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 492, a popular saying is "a chicken for every pot and an abortion clinic on every street".

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