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Largest Insurance Industry: 1st Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6th
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

Population28.479 billion

CapitalJoseph City


The Little Brotherhood of The Real Matrix is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Joseph with an iron fist, and remarkable for its frequent executions, ubiquitous missile silos, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 28.479 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 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 27,933 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 35th in the world and 1st in The Axis of Evil for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector, scoring 31,713.46 on the Pepperoni Propulsion Productivity Index.

Largest Insurance Industry: 1stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6thHighest Average Incomes: 10thLargest Mining Sector: 10thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12thHighest Economic Output: 19thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 23rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 35thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 36thLargest Black Market: 45thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 45thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 49thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 53rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 62ndMost Subsidized Industry: 72ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 86thMost Corrupt Governments: 108thMost Avoided: 115thLargest Governments: 123rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 133rdLargest Retail Industry: 206thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 239thLowest Crime Rates: 260thHighest Poor Incomes: 322ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 351stFattest Citizens: 472ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 688thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 971stHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,041stTop
Largest Populations: 1,759thMost Efficient Economies: 1,900thMost Primitive: 1,920thMost Stationary: 2,568thRudest Citizens: 6,445thMost Conservative: 7,663rdTop
Most Secular: 8,651stMost Ignorant Citizens: 10,220thMost Extreme: 11,058thMost Influential: 11,296thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,821stMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,282nd
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the region

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