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Largest Insurance Industry: 1st Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7th
The Little Brotherhood of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Guns. Lots of guns.
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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The Real Matrix

Population28.796 billion

CapitalJoseph City


The Little Brotherhood of The Real Matrix is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Joseph with an iron fist, and renowned for its public floggings, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 28.796 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, with Industry and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Joseph City. The average income tax rate is 99.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Josephic economy, worth an astonishing 28,244 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 980,843 monies, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,804,206 per year while the poor average 273,269, a ratio of 10.3 to 1.

Psychological disorders are a taboo subject, a The Axis of Evil Tourist Association survey has rated The Real Matrix #1 for number twos, the country is preparing for war, and blasphemers and government critics often die in very unusual and unlikely accidents. 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 142,569th in the world and 7th in The Axis of Evil for Most Income Equality, scoring 9.74 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

Largest Insurance Industry: 1stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7thHighest Average Incomes: 10thLargest Mining Sector: 11thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12thHighest Economic Output: 19thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 22ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 37thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 38thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 44thLargest Black Market: 48thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 50thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 57thLargest Agricultural Sector: 62ndMost Subsidized Industry: 74thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 95thMost Corrupt Governments: 111thMost Avoided: 117thLargest Governments: 128thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 133rdLargest Retail Industry: 221stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 237thLowest Crime Rates: 273rdHighest Poor Incomes: 320thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 339thFattest Citizens: 473rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 651stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 950thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,081stTop
Largest Populations: 1,763rdMost Efficient Economies: 1,881stMost Primitive: 2,001stMost Stationary: 2,511thRudest Citizens: 6,714thMost Conservative: 7,652ndTop
Most Secular: 9,098thMost Ignorant Citizens: 10,404thMost Extreme: 11,294thMost Influential: 11,348thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,981stMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,542nd
Largest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the region

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