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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1stHighest Poor Incomes: 1stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd
The Despotic Dictatorship of
Corrupt Dictatorship
God was a dream of good government.
The Despot
Influence
Dealmaker
Founder
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Despoticania

Population29.812 billion

CapitalDespoticania Prime
LeaderThe Despot
FaithChurch of Transcendental Hatred

CurrencyDespollar
AnimalWinged Unicorn Pig

The Despotic Dictatorship of Despoticania is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by The Despot with an iron fist, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons, aversion to nipples, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 29.812 billion Despoticanians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The relatively small, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Despoticania Prime. The average income tax rate is 95.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Despoticanian economy, worth an astonishing 30,991 trillion Despollars 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Retail, 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 a breathtaking 1,039,577 Despollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Nobody thinks that the Godfather was bettered by Part 2, RPG fans reminisce fondly about when people thought they were evil and dangerous rather than geeky and socially inept, tourists from around the world come to visit the country's famous rainforests, and political speeches always take place at sunset to a background of patriotic power ballads. Crime is totally unknown. Despoticania's national animal is the Winged Unicorn Pig, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Church of Transcendental Hatred.

Despoticania is ranked 148th in the world and 3rd in The Alliance of Dictators for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 48,217.89 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1stHighest Poor Incomes: 1stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rdLargest Black Market: 4thHighest Average Incomes: 8thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9thMost Efficient Economies: 9thSmartest Citizens: 15thMost Subsidized Industry: 19thHighest Economic Output: 19thMost Advanced Public Education: 34thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 34thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 34thMost Cultured: 43rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 51stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 53rdLargest Retail Industry: 74thLargest Agricultural Sector: 100thMost Secular: 120thLargest Mining Sector: 148thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 170thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 172ndMost Corrupt Governments: 178thLargest Governments: 206thMost Armed: 227thMost Developed: 351stMost Stationary: 406thLongest Average Lifespans: 406thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 639thLowest Crime Rates: 751stMost Avoided: 796thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,087thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,401stTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1,915thLargest Populations: 1,964thRudest Citizens: 2,335thMost Influential: 2,578thFattest Citizens: 2,853rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,255thHealthiest Citizens: 7,765thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,767thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,172ndTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,592ndMost Income Equality: 10,748thMost Inclusive: 13,189thMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,355thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 18,010th
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Most Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 4th in the regionMost Income Equality: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost Inclusive: 7th in the regionMost Avoided: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 11th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 11th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, political speeches always take place at sunset to a background of patriotic power ballads.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, tourists from around the world come to visit the country's famous rainforests.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, RPG fans reminisce fondly about when people thought they were evil and dangerous rather than geeky and socially inept.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, nobody thinks that the Godfather was bettered by Part 2.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, a baby's first breath is also a baby's first felony.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, children's books regularly feature formerly distressed damsels suing their princes.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, diplomats shake hands with their right and hide a poison dagger in their left.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, older citizens lament over the loss of law and order.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, things are looking up for patients accidentally prescribed erectile dysfunction medication.
  • : Despoticania was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Trout Fishing Sector.

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