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The Despotic Dictatorship of
Corrupt Dictatorship
God was a dream of good government.
The Despot
Influence
Enforcer
Founder
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Despoticania

Population30.406 billion

CapitalDespoticania Prime
LeaderThe Despot
FaithChurch of Transcendental Hatred

CurrencyDespollar
AnimalWinged Unicorn Pig

The Despotic Dictatorship of Despoticania is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by The Despot with an iron fist, and remarkable for its avant-garde cinema, aversion to nipples, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 30.406 billion Despoticanians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The relatively small, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Despoticania Prime. The average income tax rate is 97.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Despoticanian economy, worth an astonishing 32,084 trillion Despollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Automobile Manufacturing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is a breathtaking 1,055,205 Despollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

No personal detail is too tiny for the suede-denim census police, Despoticanians refer to transgender people with insults instead of pronouns, the voyages of obsolete star-trekking satellites on deliberate escape orbits are only just beginning, and the once prosperous capital is in utter decline. Crime is totally unknown. Despoticania's national animal is the Winged Unicorn Pig, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Church of Transcendental Hatred.

Despoticania is ranked 17,480th in the world and 18th in The Alliance of Dictators for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring 6,579.84 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1stHighest Poor Incomes: 1stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rdLargest Black Market: 4thHighest Average Incomes: 7thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9thMost Efficient Economies: 9thSmartest Citizens: 13thHighest Economic Output: 15thMost Subsidized Industry: 18thMost Advanced Public Education: 31stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 34thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 37thMost Cultured: 41stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 54thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 67thMost Secular: 83rdLargest Retail Industry: 89thLargest Agricultural Sector: 104thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 153rdLargest Mining Sector: 160thMost Corrupt Governments: 178thLargest Governments: 182ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 213thMost Armed: 242ndMost Developed: 298thLongest Average Lifespans: 341stMost Stationary: 373rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 562ndLowest Crime Rates: 647thLargest Publishing Industry: 959thMost Avoided: 1,042ndMost Rebellious Youth: 1,248thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,807thLargest Populations: 1,935thTop
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Rudest Citizens: 2,125thMost Influential: 2,651stHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,887thHealthiest Citizens: 4,720thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,041stFattest Citizens: 6,984thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,421stTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 11,491stMost Income Equality: 13,307thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,897thMost Inclusive: 17,128thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 17,480thLargest Welfare Programs: 19,870th
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Most Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionMost Inclusive: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 8th in the regionNudest: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Avoided: 10th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, the once prosperous capital is in utter decline.
  • : Despoticania voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Ban on Forced Blood Sports".
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, the voyages of obsolete star-trekking satellites on deliberate escape orbits are only just beginning.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, Despoticanians refer to transgender people with insults instead of pronouns.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, no personal detail is too tiny for the suede-denim census police.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, the number of judges has tripled in recent months.
  • : Despoticania lodged a message on the The Alliance of Dictators Regional Message Board.
  • : Despoticania lodged a message on the The Alliance of Dictators Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, vacationing Despoticanians expect to be treated as royalty.
  • : Despoticania's influence in The Alliance of Dictators rose from "Dealmaker" to "Enforcer".

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