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Most Influential: 232ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 263rdLargest Insurance Industry: 498th
The Shadow Cult of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Thou shalt know no fear
Eminence Grise
Founder / The Shadow Cult
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population9.995 billion

Leaderthe Shadow Emperor


The Shadow Cult of Jocospor is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by the Shadow Emperor with an iron fist, and notable for its national health service, irreverence towards religion, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 9.995 billion Jocospites 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vocryae. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 82.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Jocospite economy, worth a remarkable 1,877 trillion Flamas a year, is fairly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, Uranium Mining, and Information Technology. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 187,837 Flamas, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 643,328 per year while the poor average 40,288, a ratio of 16.0 to 1.

Prisoners due for execution often use their final statement to complain about soggy bread rolls, citizens wishing to be parents must undertake a series of gruelling tests to evaluate their capabilities, deli patrons examine their roast beef for undetonated explosives, and sermons are regularly interrupted by businessmen taking phone calls. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Jocospor's national animal is the Finch, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Moderatism.

Jocospor is ranked 9,939th in the world and 69th in Confederation of Corrupt Dictators for Lowest Crime Rates, with 93.28 Law-abiding Acts Per Hour.

Most Influential: 232ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 263rdLargest Insurance Industry: 498thLargest Black Market: 1,041stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,049thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,814thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,991stTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,105thLargest Mining Sector: 3,968thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,594thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,479thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,738thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,561stHighest Average Incomes: 7,500thHighest Economic Output: 7,957thMost Avoided: 8,008thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,719thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,251stLowest Crime Rates: 9,939thTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10,470thLargest Governments: 11,591stHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,542ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 12,550thMost Secular: 13,264thLargest Gambling Industry: 15,530thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,872ndMost Efficient Economies: 16,680thMost Developed: 16,917thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,231stMost Advanced Public Education: 18,326th
Most Influential: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 11th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Black Market: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 16th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 23rd in the regionMost Stationary: 28th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 28th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 31st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 32nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 34th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 34th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 38th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 39th in the region

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