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The Little Brotherhood of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Guns. Lots of guns.
Influence
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Real Matrix

Population33.09 billion

CapitalJoseph City
LeaderJoseph
FaithJosephism

Currencymoney
Animalviper

The Little Brotherhood of The Real Matrix is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Joseph with an iron fist, and renowned for its pith helmet sales, triple-decker prams, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 33.09 billion followers of Joseph 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 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 receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Joseph City. The average income tax rate is 99.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Josephic economy, worth an astonishing 33,059 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. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is a breathtaking 999,069 monies, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,349,526 per year while the poor average 145,248, a ratio of 29.9 to 1.

Neighboring nations are tired of The Real Matrix's big fish stories, loss of the ability to speak is a common affliction of the elderly, hundreds of teenagers die every year at the Josephic Hungry Games, and recent events have left citizens both shaken and stirred. 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. The Real Matrix's national animal is the viper, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Josephism.

The Real Matrix is ranked 238,971st in the world and 20th in The Axis of Evil for Most Politically Free, scoring zero on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 1stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5thLargest Black Market: 8thLargest Mining Sector: 11thHighest Average Incomes: 11thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 17thHighest Economic Output: 18thLargest Agricultural Sector: 19thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 26thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 30thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 41stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 41stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 60thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 65thMost Subsidized Industry: 105thMost Avoided: 132ndMost Efficient Economies: 150thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 153rdMost Corrupt Governments: 160thLargest Governments: 166thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 270thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 332ndLowest Crime Rates: 347thLargest Retail Industry: 452ndFattest Citizens: 534thMost Advanced Public Transport: 598thMost Primitive: 836thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,181stHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,291stLargest Populations: 1,630thMost Stationary: 2,121stTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 3,082ndHighest Poor Incomes: 4,357thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,017thMost Conservative: 7,498thRudest Citizens: 7,630thMost Secular: 10,648thTop
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Most Influential: 12,713thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,119thLargest Publishing Industry: 14,128thMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,414thMost Authoritarian: 18,283rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,650thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 22,164thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 23,838thMost Extreme: 24,149th
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Lowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides and Most Extreme.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, recent events have left citizens both shaken and stirred.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, hundreds of teenagers die every year at the Josephic Hungry Games.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, loss of the ability to speak is a common affliction of the elderly.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, neighboring nations are tired of The Real Matrix's big fish stories.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, there's a big brother in every prison.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, rural followers of Joseph stare in awe at the bright lights of the big cities.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, breaking rocks in the hot sun now involves using your head.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, rugby players that knock each other over always stop to make sure the other fellow is okay.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, the Gallery of Amusing Cat Photographs is the most popular museum in the country.

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