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Largest Insurance Industry: 2ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th
The Little Brotherhood of
Corporate Police State
Guns. Lots of guns.
Influence
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Real Matrix

Population37.234 billion

CapitalJoseph City
LeaderJoseph
FaithJosephism

Currencymoney
Animalviper

The Little Brotherhood of The Real Matrix is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Joseph with an iron fist, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, prohibition of alcohol, and zero percent divorce rate. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 37.234 billion followers of Joseph 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 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 37,128 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 997,177 monies, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,522,450 per year while the poor average 90,622, a ratio of 60.9 to 1.

Gossip magazines are more interested in astrological stars than celebrity ones, the word 'elite' appears as a synonym for various insults in the Josephic Colonial Thesaurus, military minds worry that 'the blue screen of death' on brand new operating systems may be a literal description, and no personal detail is too tiny for the suede-denim census police. 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 32nd in the world and 2nd in The Axis of Evil for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 5.52 million Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 2ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8thLargest Black Market: 9thHighest Average Incomes: 10thLargest Mining Sector: 11thHighest Economic Output: 15thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 22ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 26thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 28thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 32ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 38thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 40thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 45thMost Patriotic: 64thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 67thMost Corrupt Governments: 164thMost Subsidized Industry: 187thMost Efficient Economies: 188thLargest Governments: 199thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 202ndMost Avoided: 246thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 295thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 330thLowest Crime Rates: 403rdFattest Citizens: 534thMost Advanced Public Transport: 542ndLargest Retail Industry: 596thLargest Populations: 1,544thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,615thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,774thMost Stationary: 1,844thMost Primitive: 2,302ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,883rdTop
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Rudest Citizens: 5,887thMost Ignorant Citizens: 5,905thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 6,045thMost Influential: 12,324thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 16,754thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,957thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,484thLongest Average Lifespans: 21,557thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 22,421stMost Conservative: 25,807thMost Advanced Public Education: 26,045thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 26,465th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Patriotic: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the region

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  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Zombies, the Top 5% for Most Survivors, and the Top 10% for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Devout.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Devout.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Devout.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Devout.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.

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