by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,003rdLargest Mining Sector: 2,347thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,680th
The Empire of
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Fear the potatoes, love the potatoes, we are potatoes
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Population2.36 billion

CapitalPotato City
LeaderHarvey the Destroyer


The Empire of WhysashaPOTATO is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Harvey the Destroyer with an iron fist, and notable for its aversion to nipples, sprawling nuclear power plants, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 2.36 billion Potatoians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Administration, and Education also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Potato City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 78.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Potatoian economy, worth 434 trillion ducats a year, is fairly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 184,188 ducats, with the richest citizens earning 6.0 times as much as the poorest.

Unused plastic recycling bins are being dumped into landfills by the tonne, cars are allowed to drive in bike lanes, glancing at the car radio display while driving is treated as attempted homicide, and safety warnings are prohibited lest they give people ideas. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. WhysashaPOTATO's national animal is the POTATO, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Potatoism.

WhysashaPOTATO is ranked 302,331st in the world and 365th in Wintreath for Most Cultured, scoring 19 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,003rdLargest Mining Sector: 2,347thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,680thTop
Most Patriotic: 3,102ndMost Secular: 3,240thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,466thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,572ndMost Influential: 5,225thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,525thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,966thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,885thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,028thLargest Black Market: 8,523rdHighest Average Incomes: 9,977thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10,898thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,468thMost Avoided: 11,522ndMost Conservative: 12,095thLowest Crime Rates: 14,370thLargest Governments: 14,879thTop
Most Developed: 15,995thMost Authoritarian: 17,279thLargest Information Technology Sector: 18,072ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 18,185thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 24,329thMost Subsidized Industry: 25,094thLongest Average Lifespans: 25,757thMost Advanced Public Education: 27,254thHighest Poor Incomes: 27,256thMost Efficient Economies: 28,200th
Most Conservative: 6th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8th in the regionMost Secular: 8th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10th in the regionMost Patriotic: 12th in the regionMost Avoided: 13th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 13th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Black Market: 15th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 18th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 23rd in the regionMost Influential: 24th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 25th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 29th in the regionMost Extreme: 29th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 30th in the region

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