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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 3,143rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,514thMost Patriotic: 3,575th
The Potatolactic DicTATERship of
Iron Fist Consumerists
In Potato We Trust
Potato King
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The Socialist Dictatorship of Potatostan

Population1.42 billion

LeaderPotato King


The Potatolactic DicTATERship of The Socialist Dictatorship of Potatostan is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Potato King with an iron fist, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, pith helmet sales, and zero percent divorce rate. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 1.42 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, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Administration, Law & Order, and Industry are also considered important, 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 77.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Potatostani economy, worth 183 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 129,123 Potatoes, with the richest citizens earning 6.4 times as much as the poorest.

The bonfire of the old paper records can be seen for miles around Potatoland, the carbon footprint falls along with the human footprint during war, fancy dress parties are raided by military police for new recruits, and the most common answers to where babies come from are "uh... ask your mother" and "um... ask your father". 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 198,894th in the world and 1,346th in 10000 Islands for Most Income Equality, scoring 15.6 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 3,143rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,514thMost Patriotic: 3,575thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,656thMost Devout: 6,109thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,751stLargest Mining Sector: 11,345thTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 14,434thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,776thLargest Black Market: 16,880thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,692ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 18,763rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 18,811thLargest Governments: 19,540thMost Subsidized Industry: 20,813thHighest Average Incomes: 22,128thLowest Crime Rates: 22,512thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 24,254thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 24,537thMost Developed: 26,327th
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 30th in the regionMost Patriotic: 37th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 54th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 65th in the regionMost Devout: 67th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 69th in the regionTop
Largest Mining Sector: 90th in the regionLargest Black Market: 113th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 125th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 137th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 153rd in the region

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