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The Potatolactic DicTATERship of The Socialist Dictatorship of Potatostan

“In Potato We Trust” Potato King

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: 10000 Islands

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The Socialist Dictatorship of Potatostan

Population1.437 billion

CapitalPotatoland
LeaderPotato King
FaithPotatoism

CurrencyPotato
AnimalPotato

The Potatolactic DicTATERship of The Socialist Dictatorship of Potatostan is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Potato King with an iron fist, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, enslaved workforce, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 1.437 billion Potatostaniis 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 large, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Administration, Law & Order, and Industry are also considered important, while Welfare and International Aid are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Potatoland. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 77.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Potatostani economy, worth 185 trillion Potatoes 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, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Trout Farming, and Automobile Manufacturing. 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 an impressive 129,123 Potatoes, with the richest citizens earning 6.4 times as much as the poorest.

The bonfire of the old paper records can be seen for miles around Potatoland, the carbon footprint falls along with the human footprint during war, fancy dress parties are raided by military police for new recruits, and the most common answers to where babies come from are "uh... ask your mother" and "um... ask your father". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Socialist Dictatorship of Potatostan's national animal is the Potato, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Potatoism.

The Socialist Dictatorship of Potatostan is ranked 3,577th in the world and 36th in 10000 Islands for Most Patriotic, with 65.28 flags saluted per person per day.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 3,143rdMost Patriotic: 3,577thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,797thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,676thMost Devout: 6,122ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,779thLargest Mining Sector: 11,349thTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 14,455thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,761stLargest Black Market: 16,835thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,667thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 18,798thHighest Average Tax Rates: 18,801stLargest Governments: 19,548thMost Subsidized Industry: 20,846thHighest Average Incomes: 22,151stLowest Crime Rates: 22,446thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 24,323rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 24,523rdMost Developed: 26,308th
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 31st in the regionMost Patriotic: 36th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 54th in the regionMost Devout: 68th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 70th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 71st in the regionTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 92nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 111th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 124th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 142nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 157th in the region

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