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Highest Poor Incomes: 1stMost Scientifically Advanced: 2ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd
The Despotic Dictatorship of
Corrupt Dictatorship
God was a dream of good government.
The Despot
Influence
Dealmaker
Founder
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Despoticania

Population32.705 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 anti-smoking policies, frequent executions, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 32.705 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 income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Despoticanian economy, worth an astonishing 35,599 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 Basket Weaving. 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 1,088,490 Despollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government has become increasingly militant, soldiers are equipped with multi-million Despollar battlesuits, the government is flooded with compensation requests, and there is a growing belief that consciousness is a simulated illusion within a computer-generated reality. 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 207th in the world and 2nd in The Alliance of Dictators for Longest Average Lifespans, with 98.74 years.

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Highest Poor Incomes: 1stMost Scientifically Advanced: 2ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 2ndLargest Black Market: 4thHighest Average Incomes: 5thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7thSmartest Citizens: 9thMost Advanced Public Education: 10thHighest Economic Output: 11thMost Efficient Economies: 12thMost Subsidized Industry: 17thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 22ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 29thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 38thMost Cultured: 41stMost Patriotic: 46thMost Secular: 50thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 83rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 106thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 115thMost Corrupt Governments: 127thLargest Governments: 129thLargest Retail Industry: 129thLargest Mining Sector: 177thMost Developed: 187thMost Armed: 196thLongest Average Lifespans: 207thLowest Crime Rates: 286thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 314thMost Stationary: 360thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 397thHighest Food Quality: 411thLargest Publishing Industry: 551stHighest Average Tax Rates: 688thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 983rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,457thHealthiest Citizens: 1,782ndLargest Populations: 1,873rdTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 2,258thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,363rdMost Influential: 2,972ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,414thMost Authoritarian: 7,089thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,694thMost Income Equality: 9,408thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,603rdTop
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 13,326thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,432nd
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionHighest Food Quality: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Patriotic: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 8th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, there is a growing belief that consciousness is a simulated illusion within a computer-generated reality.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, the government is flooded with compensation requests.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, soldiers are equipped with multi-million Despollar battlesuits.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, the government has become increasingly militant.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, the nation frequently scolds its subject territories for staying up past bedtime.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, foreign livestock are offered asylum.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, the police strictly enforce off-limit zones for tourists.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, children gain their first sex education from reading the dictionary.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, visiting dignitaries make excuses to leave functions early and head to the nearest pub.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, literature classes frequently go on field trips to rock concerts.

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