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Largest Insurance Industry: 202nd Most Ignorant Citizens: 524th Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 634th
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

Population7.151 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 deadly medical pandemics, public floggings, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 7.151 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 receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Aartappel. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 18.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Potatoian economy, worth a remarkable 1,947 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 Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 272,407 Potatoes, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,173,221 per year while the poor average 40,356, a ratio of 29.1 to 1.

Millions of Potatoians are excellent swimmers, no one is quite sure what many government officials look like, the government says that Possession is nine-tenths of the Lore, and government statistics suggest 115% of the population love King Heather Capsicum Annuum. 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 11,953rd in the world and 19th in Spiritus for Most Extreme, scoring 36.86 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 202ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 524thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 634thLargest Mining Sector: 684thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 705thMost Devout: 846thMost Corrupt Governments: 856thMost Primitive: 869thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 925thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 938thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 951stMost Avoided: 1,007thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,119thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,338thLargest Retail Industry: 1,385thFattest Citizens: 1,411thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,539thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,674thTop
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Largest Black Market: 1,833rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,105thHighest Average Incomes: 2,185thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,306thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,874thMost Conservative: 3,995thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,750thLowest Crime Rates: 5,483rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,669thHighest Economic Output: 6,188thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,933rdTop
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Largest Governments: 8,971stLargest Agricultural Sector: 10,232ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 11,090thMost Extreme: 11,953rdMost Stationary: 13,272ndRudest Citizens: 15,527th
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Primitive: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 10th in the regionMost Conservative: 12th in the regionTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 16th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 18th in the regionMost Extreme: 19th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 21st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Great Potato Empire was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Following new legislation in The Great Potato Empire, government statistics suggest 115% of the population love King Heather Capsicum Annuum.
  • : Following new legislation in The Great Potato Empire, the government says that Possession is nine-tenths of the Lore.
  • : The Great Potato Empire was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in The Great Potato Empire, no one is quite sure what many government officials look like.
  • : Following new legislation in The Great Potato Empire, millions of Potatoians are excellent swimmers.
  • : Following new legislation in The Great Potato Empire, the military refers to helpless combatants offering surrender as "sitting ducks".
  • : Following new legislation in The Great Potato Empire, police spend their Saturday nights breaking up illegal street races.
  • : Following new legislation in The Great Potato Empire, a stocking with a crooked seam or a tie without a full Windsor knot are grounds for instant dismissal.
  • : Following new legislation in The Great Potato Empire, the new foreign policy is "why bother invading neighbours when they can be bought wholesale?".

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