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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:
Thriving
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Chicken overlords

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Spice Harvester 96

Population3.065 billion

Currencyspice
Animalsandworm

The Protectorate of Spice Harvester 96 is a massive, orderly nation, notable for its digital currency, frequent executions, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 3.065 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 Industry, Education, and Environment. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 40.0%.

The thriving Spice Harvester 96ian economy, worth 201 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 65,818 spices, with the richest citizens earning 5.8 times as much as the poorest.

The government is denying reports that criminals injected with experimental drugs have turned into monstrous supervillains, local mafias have a tough time disposing of dead snitches without catching the attention of recycling authorities, it is a crime to operate a combine harvester while intoxicated, and unpopular politicians are often caught between a rock and a hard place. Crime, especially youth-related, is well under control, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Spice Harvester 96's national animal is the sandworm, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Spice Harvester 96 is ranked 190,321st in the world and 10,398th in Chicken overlords for Rudest Citizens, with 30.22 Insults Per Minute.

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Largest Retail Industry: 5,130thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9,756thMost Primitive: 10,901stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11,023rdTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 12,982ndMost Devout: 13,504thMost Authoritarian: 16,308thLargest Black Market: 16,481stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 17,530thMost Corrupt Governments: 18,867thMost Conservative: 20,463rd
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Largest Retail Industry: 13th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 45th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 75th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 79th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 81st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 85th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 94th in the regionMost Devout: 97th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 105th in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 107th in the regionMost Influential: 113th in the regionLargest Black Market: 121st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 138th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 148th in the regionBest Weather: 165th in the regionMost Primitive: 170th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 189th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 193rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 196th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 201st in the regionMost Conservative: 222nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 223rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 256th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 280th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 281st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 301st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 352nd in the regionLargest Governments: 367th in the regionMost Developed: 396th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 417th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 421st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 492nd in the regionTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 733rd in the regionMost Average: 839th in the regionMost Pacifist: 939th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 947th in the regionMost Income Equality: 975th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 96, unpopular politicians are often caught between a rock and a hard place.
  • : Spice Harvester 96 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 96, it is a crime to operate a combine harvester while intoxicated.
  • : Spice Harvester 96 was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 96, local mafias have a tough time disposing of dead snitches without catching the attention of recycling authorities.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 96, the government is denying reports that criminals injected with experimental drugs have turned into monstrous supervillains.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 96, decreased demand for toilets is saving the prison service a lot of money.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 96, major cities shut down as their local sports team takes to the field every day.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 96, the song 'They Got an Awful Lot of Coffee in Spice Harvester 96' is a smash hit.
  • : Following new legislation in Spice Harvester 96, the national anthem is a rather effective sleeping aid.

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