by Max Barry

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Most Devout: 3,515th Most Rebellious Youth: 9,025th Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 13,685th
The Dictatorship of
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The Spud, the Whole Spud, and nothing but The Potato!
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World Assembly of The Studly Spud

Population1.028 billion

LeaderStudy Spud


The Dictatorship of World Assembly of The Studly Spud is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Study Spud with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, infamous sell-swords, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, democratic, devout population of 1.028 billion Spudlians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Spudtropolis. The average income tax rate is 45.5%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Spudly economy, worth 97.7 trillion Potatoes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. Average income is 94,997 Potatoes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Artists from across the nation compete to renovate the restrooms of old government buildings, anti-government political posters adorn every building like wallpaper, looting and pillaging are now considered vital intelligence-gathering activities, and children are often punished for the sins of the fathers. Crime is totally unknown. World Assembly of The Studly Spud's national animal is the Matrixicorn, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Spudlyism.

World Assembly of The Studly Spud is ranked 27,483rd in the world and 69th in Spiritus for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 185.54 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most Devout: 3,515thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 9,025thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 13,685thLargest Retail Industry: 15,577thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16,469th
Most Devout: 14th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 25th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 27th in the region

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