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Largest Insurance Industry: 222nd Most Ignorant Citizens: 528th Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 657th
The Holy Potato Cult of
Corporate Police State
We are Blessed with Glorious Potatoes
King Heather Capsicum Annuum
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Great Potato Empire

Population6.207 billion

CapitalAartappel
LeaderKing Heather Capsicum Annuum
FaithThe Holy Church of the Glorious Potato

CurrencyPotato
AnimalDragon

The Holy Potato Cult of The Great Potato Empire is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by King Heather Capsicum Annuum with an iron fist, and remarkable for its flagrant waste-dumping, pith helmet sales, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 6.207 billion Potatoians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order and Spirituality are also considered important, while Welfare and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Aartappel. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 17.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Potatoian economy, worth a remarkable 1,670 trillion Potatoes a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Uranium Mining industry, with major contributions from Retail, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Gambling. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 269,145 Potatoes, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,149,306 per year while the poor average 40,468, a ratio of 28.4 to 1.

Hunters often become the hunted, the state aims to prevent terrorism by committing acts of terror against suspected aggressors, the nation's diplomats shake hands with those whose hands are drenched in the blood of innocents, and pre-takeoff checks last longer than the flights themselves. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force. The Great Potato Empire's national animal is the Dragon, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Holy Church of the Glorious Potato.

The Great Potato Empire is ranked 5,323rd in the world and 12th in Spiritus for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring 34,320.51 on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 222ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 528thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 657thLargest Mining Sector: 708thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 721stMost Devout: 818thMost Corrupt Governments: 831stMost Primitive: 876thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 917thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 988thMost Avoided: 1,042ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,059thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,171stLargest Retail Industry: 1,334thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,376thFattest Citizens: 1,380thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,483rdLargest Gambling Industry: 1,599thTop
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Largest Black Market: 1,943rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,096thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,154thHighest Average Incomes: 2,158thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,993rdMost Conservative: 4,363rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,572ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,323rdLowest Crime Rates: 5,355thHighest Economic Output: 6,981stTop
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Largest Governments: 9,238thLargest Agricultural Sector: 9,465thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 10,518thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 11,405thMost Extreme: 12,273rdRudest Citizens: 14,867thMost Stationary: 16,870th
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionMost Primitive: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 11th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionMost Conservative: 12th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 15th in the regionTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 17th in the regionMost Extreme: 17th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 19th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 20th in the regionRudest Citizens: 26th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 28th in the regionLargest Governments: 29th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Great Potato Empire, pre-takeoff checks last longer than the flights themselves.
  • : Following new legislation in The Great Potato Empire, the nation's diplomats shake hands with those whose hands are drenched in the blood of innocents.
  • : Following new legislation in The Great Potato Empire, the state aims to prevent terrorism by committing acts of terror against suspected aggressors.
  • : Following new legislation in The Great Potato Empire, hunters often become the hunted.
  • : Following new legislation in The Great Potato Empire, new government leaflets tell coeliac children to eat more crisps.
  • : Following new legislation in The Great Potato Empire, the studies of art and philosophy are banned.
  • : Following new legislation in The Great Potato Empire, reinventing the wheel is a favourite pastime of Potatoian weapons designers.
  • : Following new legislation in The Great Potato Empire, the nation gives peace a chance - usually one in a million.
  • : Following new legislation in The Great Potato Empire, police are trained in using their steel-capped boots as a tool of law enforcement.
  • : The Great Potato Empire was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry.

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