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The Despotic Dictatorship of
Psychotic Dictatorship
God was a dream of good government.
The Despot
Influence
Dealmaker
Founder
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Despoticania

Population31.08 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 renowned for its museums and concert halls, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 31.08 billion Despoticanians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

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 98.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Despoticanian economy, worth an astonishing 33,297 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 1,071,341 Despollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

On-duty Air Despoticania flight attendants are usually seen napping in first class, The Despot's new door-knocking campaign has the sweet taste of success, the nation has nearly as many history museums as Despoticanians, and bicyclists are banned from major roads. 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 473rd in the world and 8th in The Alliance of Dictators for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 40,011.61 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

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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: 6thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9thMost Efficient Economies: 11thHighest Economic Output: 11thSmartest Citizens: 13thMost Subsidized Industry: 20thMost Advanced Public Education: 26thMost Secular: 37thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 37thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 39thMost Cultured: 43rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 45thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 79thLargest Retail Industry: 97thLargest Agricultural Sector: 110thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 118thMost Corrupt Governments: 161stLargest Mining Sector: 166thLargest Governments: 168thMost Armed: 219thMost Developed: 244thLongest Average Lifespans: 274thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 289thMost Stationary: 375thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 473rdLowest Crime Rates: 484thLargest Publishing Industry: 852ndMost Avoided: 1,352ndMost Rebellious Youth: 1,383rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,553rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,786thLargest Populations: 1,937thTop
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Most Influential: 2,743rdHealthiest Citizens: 2,777thRudest Citizens: 3,063rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,094thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,106thMost Authoritarian: 9,802ndTop
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Most Income Equality: 11,386thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,620thLargest Welfare Programs: 15,572ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 16,579thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,180thMost Inclusive: 17,706th
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Smartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionMost Income Equality: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionRudest Citizens: 6th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 8th in the regionMost Inclusive: 10th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 11th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, bicyclists are banned from major roads.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, the nation has nearly as many history museums as Despoticanians.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, The Despot's new door-knocking campaign has the sweet taste of success.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, on-duty Air Despoticania flight attendants are usually seen napping in first class.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, the regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, all major public areas are watched by police surveillance cameras.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, high school band practice is often crashed by technicolor-clad ravers.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, sending sick politicians "Get Well Soon" cards is considered bribery.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, class clowns are frequently listed among the most dangerous criminals in the nation.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, people reciting Shakespeare have become a common sight.

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