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The Protectorate of Spice Harvester 96

“He who controls the spice controls the universe.”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Chicken overlords

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Spice Harvester 96

Population1.451 billion

Currencyspice
Animalsandworm

The Protectorate of Spice Harvester 96 is a massive, orderly nation, remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, state-planned economy, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 1.451 billion Spice Harvester 96ians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Healthcare, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 22.7%.

The Spice Harvester 96ian economy, worth 68.3 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 large, well-organized, quite specialized black market in Retail, Arms Manufacturing, Basket Weaving, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. 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 47,067 spices, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

Mantis shrimp studies is academia's fastest-growing field, police reduce their paperwork by refusing to arrest anyone, angst-filled teenagers are rushing off to buy government bonds for some odd reason, and protecting the land is holey work. Crime is moderate, possibly because it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many regulations. Spice Harvester 96's national animal is the sandworm, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Spice Harvester 96 is ranked 121,237th in the world and 663rd in Chicken overlords for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 22.68 Effective Tax Rate.

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Most Primitive: 1,059thTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 7,011thLargest Insurance Industry: 8,111thLargest Retail Industry: 10,300thTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 12,657thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,882ndMost Authoritarian: 15,054thMost Avoided: 17,932ndMost Devout: 19,438th
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Most Primitive: 7th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 31st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 35th in the regionTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 77th in the regionMost Devout: 81st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 86th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 92nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 121st in the regionMost Influential: 133rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 158th in the regionMost Conservative: 181st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 187th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 213th in the regionMost Avoided: 261st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 269th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 296th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 307th in the regionMost Income Equality: 348th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 354th in the regionTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 387th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 391st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 410th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 436th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 538th in the regionMost Pacifist: 542nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 647th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 663rd in the regionMost Average: 689th in the regionLargest Governments: 690th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 726th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Spice Harvester 96 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Spice Harvester 96 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 96, protecting the land is holey work.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 96, angst-filled teenagers are rushing off to buy government bonds for some odd reason.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 96, police reduce their paperwork by refusing to arrest anyone.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 96, mantis shrimp studies is academia's fastest-growing field.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 96, it's best to decline if Leader offers to buy a round of drinks.
  • : Spice Harvester 96 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Avoided and Largest Basket Weaving Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 96, cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 96, it is firmly believed that cameras steal souls.

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