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Highest Poor Incomes: 1stLargest Information Technology Sector: 2ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd
The Despotic Dictatorship of
Corrupt Dictatorship
God was a dream of good government.
The Despot
Influence
Dealmaker
Founder
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Despoticania

Population34.724 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 compulsory vegetarianism, sprawling nuclear power plants, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 34.724 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 income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Despoticanian economy, worth an astonishing 39,746 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 Book Publishing. 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 1,144,637 Despollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Soldiers are authorised to use lethal force to maintain calm in the crash zone, Occam's razor has sliced to pieces any childhood belief in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes, and Despoticanian Standard Vodka is the only drink that bars stock. 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 344th in the world and 1st in The Alliance of Dictators for Most Stationary, with 4,875.66354624 days.

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Highest Poor Incomes: 1stLargest Information Technology Sector: 2ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rdLargest Black Market: 3rdHighest Average Incomes: 4thSmartest Citizens: 5thHighest Economic Output: 7thMost Advanced Public Education: 8thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13thMost Efficient Economies: 13thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16thMost Subsidized Industry: 24thMost Patriotic: 27thMost Secular: 31stMost Cultured: 42ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 47thLargest Agricultural Sector: 57thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 69thLargest Governments: 101stMost Corrupt Governments: 116thMost Developed: 127thLongest Average Lifespans: 140thMost Armed: 187thLowest Crime Rates: 190thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 195thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 218thLargest Retail Industry: 245thLargest Mining Sector: 247thMost Stationary: 344thHighest Food Quality: 375thLargest Publishing Industry: 385thHighest Average Tax Rates: 393rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 508thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 575thHealthiest Citizens: 1,049thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,153rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,600thLargest Populations: 1,838thTop
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Most Influential: 3,122ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,145thRudest Citizens: 3,589thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,434thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,225thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,941stMost Income Equality: 7,502ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,699thTop
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Most Authoritarian: 13,239thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,626thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,861st
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Income Equality: 1st in the regionHighest Food Quality: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Patriotic: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, Despoticanian Standard Vodka is the only drink that bars stock.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, Occam's razor has sliced to pieces any childhood belief in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, soldiers are authorised to use lethal force to maintain calm in the crash zone.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, the government only invests in infrastructure after a natural disaster.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, getting an autograph has become harder than ever.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, the explosive fireball of the disintegrating space shuttle has devastated Cape Despoticania.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, roads are often attended by round-the-clock construction crews.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, foreign musicians that The Despot dislikes are turned away at the border.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, prolonged government investigations are a common revenge tactic among spurned significant others.

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