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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,676thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,337thMost Patriotic: 3,678th
The Potatolactic DicTATERship of
Iron Fist Consumerists
In Potato We Trust
Potato King
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Socialist Dictatorship of Potatostan

Population1.375 billion

LeaderPotato King


The Potatolactic DicTATERship of The Socialist Dictatorship of Potatostan is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Potato King with an iron fist, and remarkable for its zero percent divorce rate, pith helmet sales, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 1.375 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, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Administration, Law & Order, and Industry also on the agenda, 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 76.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Potatostani economy, worth 173 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 126,036 Potatoes, with the richest citizens earning 7.1 times as much as the poorest.

Disadvantaged youths often commit felonies to enhance their educational prospects, the nation's water should not be ingested while operating heavy machinery, buses are widely regarded as the safest way to travel, and the country's famous rainforests are being bulldozed by the mining industry. 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 245,565th in the world and 1,325th in 10000 Islands for Highest Crime Rates, with 1.99 crimes per hour.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,676thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 3,337thMost Patriotic: 3,678thMost Devout: 5,903rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,375thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,883rdTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 13,756thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,148thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,426thLargest Mining Sector: 15,674thLargest Black Market: 17,594thMost Authoritarian: 18,262ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 19,672ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20,347thLargest Governments: 20,393rdMost Conservative: 20,798thMost Subsidized Industry: 21,916thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 22,337thHighest Average Incomes: 23,370thLowest Crime Rates: 24,986thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 26,326th
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 32nd in the regionMost Patriotic: 38th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 55th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 62nd in the regionMost Devout: 66th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 82nd in the regionTop
Most Authoritarian: 104th in the regionMost Conservative: 105th in the regionLargest Black Market: 115th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 116th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 117th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 150th in the region

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