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Largest Insurance Industry: 201st Most Ignorant Citizens: 515th Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 649th
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

Population6.625 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 strictly enforced bedtime, avant-garde cinema, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 6.625 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 17.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Potatoian economy, worth a remarkable 1,795 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 271,063 Potatoes, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,157,498 per year while the poor average 40,756, a ratio of 28.4 to 1.

The new cheese tax is colloquially known as "wheel welfare", money always talks but the taboo subject of death just brings silence, King Heather Capsicum Annuum signs the laws but abides by none of them, and the new foreign policy is "why bother invading neighbours when they can be bought wholesale?". 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 166,041st in the world and 262nd in Spiritus for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring -56.68 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 201stMost Ignorant Citizens: 515thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 649thLargest Mining Sector: 700thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 718thMost Corrupt Governments: 816thMost Devout: 841stMost Primitive: 883rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 928thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 973rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,001stMost Avoided: 1,015thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,136thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,331stLargest Retail Industry: 1,345thFattest Citizens: 1,378thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,519thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,599thTop
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Largest Black Market: 1,868thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,067thHighest Average Incomes: 2,145thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,216thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,919thMost Conservative: 4,165thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,640thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,371stLowest Crime Rates: 5,459thHighest Economic Output: 6,611thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8,097thTop
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Largest Governments: 8,961stLargest Agricultural Sector: 9,540thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 11,107thMost Extreme: 11,935thRudest Citizens: 14,561stMost Stationary: 15,747thMost Efficient Economies: 16,445th
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Most Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionTop
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Fattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Primitive: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 10th in the regionMost Conservative: 11th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 13th in the regionTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 16th in the regionMost Extreme: 17th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 18th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 22nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Great Potato Empire, the new foreign policy is "why bother invading neighbours when they can be bought wholesale?".
  • : The Great Potato Empire was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : The Great Potato Empire was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : The Great Potato Empire was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Cheese Export Sector.
  • : 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, King Heather Capsicum Annuum signs the laws but abides by none of them.
  • : Following new legislation in The Great Potato Empire, money always talks but the taboo subject of death just brings silence.
  • : The Great Potato Empire was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Cheese Export Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in The Great Potato Empire, the new cheese tax is colloquially known as "wheel welfare".
  • : Following new legislation in The Great Potato Empire, on graduation day the hats thrown in the air fly high enough to stun passing pigeons.

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