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The Protectorate of Spice Harvester 493

“He who controls the spice controls the universe.”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Chicken overlords

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Spice Harvester 493

Population1.425 billion

Currencyspice
Animalsandworm

The Protectorate of Spice Harvester 493 is a massive, orderly nation, notable for its public floggings, infamous sell-swords, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 1.425 billion Spice Harvester 493ians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. The average income tax rate is 28.4%.

The very strong Spice Harvester 493ian economy, worth 79.3 trillion spices a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Information Technology, and Arms Manufacturing. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is 55,656 spices, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.1 times as much as the poorest.

Therapists dispense hugs for heroin dealers and cuddles for crackheads, teams of painters are converting road signs from horse lengths to kilometers, dog owners proudly declare that their pups can predict when the mailman will arrive, and conversion therapy coupons are a popular present for coming of age ceremonies. Crime, especially youth-related, is relatively low, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Spice Harvester 493's national animal is the sandworm.

Spice Harvester 493 is ranked 104,444th in the world and 579th in Chicken overlords for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 28.42 Effective Tax Rate.

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Largest Retail Industry: 11,978thMost Ignorant Citizens: 12,162ndMost Authoritarian: 18,690th
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Most Inclusive: 18th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 36th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 59th in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 94th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 172nd in the regionMost Conservative: 184th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 190th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 247th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 256th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 257th in the regionLargest Black Market: 285th in the regionMost Developed: 310th in the regionMost Influential: 320th in the regionMost Devout: 335th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 349th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 356th in the regionMost Income Equality: 357th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 396th in the regionMost Pacifist: 404th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 447th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 508th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 521st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 542nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 577th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 579th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 599th in the regionMost Average: 599th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 606th in the regionLargest Governments: 619th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 657th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 696th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Spice Harvester 493 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 493, conversion therapy coupons are a popular present for coming of age ceremonies.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 493, dog owners proudly declare that their pups can predict when the mailman will arrive.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 493, teams of painters are converting road signs from horse lengths to kilometers.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 493, therapists dispense hugs for heroin dealers and cuddles for crackheads.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 493, bank robbers always set aside 50% of the loot to pay off the judge.
  • : Spice Harvester 493 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Spice Harvester 493 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Authoritarian.
  • : Spice Harvester 493 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 493, schoolboys who turn to watch pretty girls go by are given detention.

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