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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5thLargest Insurance Industry: 6th
The Corporate Dictatorship of
Corporate Police State
Oderint Dum Metuant
Influence
Truckler
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Josephland

Population30.856 billion

CapitalJoseph City
LeaderJoseph
FaithJosephism

Currencymoney
Animalviper

The Corporate Dictatorship of Josephland is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Joseph with an iron fist, and notable for its vat-grown people, sprawling nuclear power plants, and triple-decker prams. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 30.856 billion follower of Josephs are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is dominated by the Department of Defense, although Industry and Healthcare are also considered important, while Social Policy and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Joseph City. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Josephic economy, worth an astonishing 31,483 trillion monies a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Average income is a breathtaking 1,020,330 monies, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 6,550,876 per year while the poor average 64,637, a ratio of 101 to 1.

Labour strikes are routinely squashed by police, flogging is all the rage, gambling is outlawed, and a The Alliance of Dictators Tourist Association survey has rated Josephland #1 for number twos. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Josephland's national animal is the viper, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Josephism.

Josephland is ranked 9th in the world and 2nd in The Alliance of Dictators for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 104,553.4 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5thLargest Insurance Industry: 6thLargest Black Market: 7thLargest Mining Sector: 9thHighest Average Incomes: 11thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12thHighest Economic Output: 12thLargest Agricultural Sector: 16thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 20thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 21stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 22ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 38thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 45thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 50thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 59thMost Subsidized Industry: 65thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 65thLargest Governments: 105thMost Corrupt Governments: 136thMost Avoided: 145thMost Efficient Economies: 180thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 240thMost Advanced Public Transport: 259thLowest Crime Rates: 278thMost Stationary: 434thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 491stFattest Citizens: 514thHighest Average Tax Rates: 659thLargest Retail Industry: 824thLargest Populations: 1,650thTop
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Most Primitive: 1,790thMost Developed: 4,812thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,049thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,262ndMost Conservative: 5,835thMost Influential: 6,665thRudest Citizens: 6,843rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,968thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,131stTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 11,070thSmartest Citizens: 11,579thMost Extreme: 11,760thMost Devout: 13,326thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,030thMost Authoritarian: 17,529th
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Largest Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionTop
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionMost Developed: 9th in the regionMost Primitive: 11th in the regionMost Influential: 13th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Josephland was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Primitive.
  • : Josephland was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Josephland was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Authoritarian.
  • : Josephland was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Authoritarian.
  • : Josephland was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Authoritarian.
  • : Josephland was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, Most Developed, and Largest Trout Fishing Sector and the Top 10% for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Josephland was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Zombified.
  • : Josephland was ravaged by a Zombie Thing Horde from The Volksrepublik of Peoples Republic of the German States, infecting 96 million survivors and converting to a zombie exporter! Oh no!
  • : Josephland was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Survivors and Most Zombified.
  • : Josephland's influence in The Alliance of Dictators fell from "Handshaker" to "Truckler".

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