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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,352nd Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,530th Least Corrupt Governments: 4,655th
The Free Land of
Left-wing Utopia
In potato we trust
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
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Shining Potato Land

Population1.121 billion

CapitalPotato City

CurrencyPotato
AnimalRaccoon

The Free Land of Shining Potato Land is a massive, efficient nation, renowned for its museums and concert halls, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and infamous sell-swords. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.121 billion Shining Potato Landians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Potato City. The average income tax rate is 80.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Shining Potato Landian economy, worth 97.5 trillion Potatoes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Pizza Delivery. Average income is 87,002 Potatoes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Multiple births are a cause of celebration for tax collectors, if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it... Shining Potato Landian satellites can detect it, science centers and state of the art laboratories are ubiquitous, and bike rage is all the rage. Crime is totally unknown. Shining Potato Land's national animal is the Raccoon, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Shining Potato Land is ranked 18,338th in the world and 485th in the West Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 77.64 on the Human Development Index.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,352ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,530thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,655thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,050thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,051stMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,341stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,412thNicest Citizens: 5,590thMost Inclusive: 6,655thMost Pacifist: 7,124thSafest: 7,267thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,319thMost Influential: 7,322ndBest Weather: 7,346thTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 8,708thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,817thMost Politically Free: 9,502ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,983rdLongest Average Lifespans: 10,307thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,603rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,027thMost Secular: 12,081stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,576thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,986thMost Cultured: 13,125thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 13,900th
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 60th in the regionTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 108th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 110th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 113th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 135th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 136th in the regionNicest Citizens: 138th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 145th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 152nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 164th in the regionMost Inclusive: 183rd in the regionSafest: 184th in the regionBest Weather: 192nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 199th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 200th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 213th in the regionMost Influential: 215th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 242nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 256th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 265th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 267th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 272nd in the regionTop
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Most Cultured: 306th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 308th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 334th in the regionMost Secular: 349th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 439th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 443rd in the regionLargest Governments: 467th in the regionMost Developed: 485th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 485th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 487th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 516th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 525th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 548th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Shining Potato Land, bike rage is all the rage.
  • : Following new legislation in Shining Potato Land, science centers and state of the art laboratories are ubiquitous.
  • : Following new legislation in Shining Potato Land, if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it... Shining Potato Landian satellites can detect it.
  • : Following new legislation in Shining Potato Land, multiple births are a cause of celebration for tax collectors.
  • : Shining Potato Land was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Safest and Most Pacifist.
  • : Following new legislation in Shining Potato Land, former gun owners are finding that brandishing paintball guns isn't as satisfying as the real thing.
  • : Following new legislation in Shining Potato Land, increasing numbers of children in Shining Potato Land have different eye and hair color to their supposed fathers.
  • : Shining Potato Land was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Best Weather.
  • : Following new legislation in Shining Potato Land, relations with Dàguó have warmed from frosty to chilly.
  • : Following new legislation in Shining Potato Land, adverts proclaim it has to be healthy if the Mornay uses hand-grated Gallopavian Gruyère.

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