economy



PHAIC TAN’S
TOP 5 EXPORTS*

1 MSG
2 Beaded Car Seat Covers
3 Spring Roll Wrappers
4 Crab sticks
5 Dengue Fever

*Souce: OECD
2003–2004








HEALTH FACT

In recent years Phaic Tan has made great advances in reducing its rate of infant and maternal mortality but sadly many thousand Phaic Tanese fathers still die during childbirth, the result of celebrating with unregulated fireworks displays.

 

 

Not a country blessed with an abundance of natural resources (tin and aluminium are still considered semiprecious metals), Phaic Tan relies heavily on its agricultural sector.

The principal commercial crop is rubber with an estimated 70,000ha of plantations across the country. However, Phaic Tanese rubber is considered to be of poor quality, as it doesn’t stretch or bend and has a tendency to dissolve when exposed to moisture. (It does, however, make excellent squash balls which has proved a saviour of the industry.)

Other crops include bananas, pineapples, sugarcane, maize and rice. In the north of the country many hill-tribe farmers still cultivate opium poppies although in recent years the Government has been encouraging them to take up more appropriate crops, such as marijuana.


Military Might
The Phaic Tanese army was estimated at 130,000; however, it has recently been discovered that many of these are ‘ghost soldiers’ for whom Commander in Chief General Midaak has been claiming salaries. Actual troop numbers in the five infantry divisions are currently put at 12.
Securing foreign investment has been difficult although in 2002 the Phaic Tan economy received a welcome US$20 million injection after an aircraft belonging to a Chicago bank was accidentally shot down by government troops over Hoipac.

  In the Phaic Tanese military rank is indicated by the size of one’s helmet. This man is a junior officer.
     
  While many northern Phaic Tanese farmers insist they are merely growing herbal tea, the presence of electrified wire fencing, spotlights, dogs and armed labourers often makes this claim a little hard to take seriously.
This extract taken from PHAIC TAN – SUNSTROKE ON A SHOESTRING