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Highest Poor Incomes: 1stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2ndLargest Information Technology 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

Population34.466 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 digital currency, irreverence towards religion, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 34.466 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 39,195 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 Book Publishing. 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 1,137,211 Despollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The number of judges has tripled in recent months, any body part that can be cut off a person is no longer considered to be their property, penny whistles have been rebranded 'tin hornpipes', and every workday begins with group therapy. 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 261,997th in the world and 121st in The Alliance of Dictators for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 1.09 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

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Highest Poor Incomes: 1stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 2ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rdLargest Black Market: 3rdHighest Average Incomes: 4thSmartest Citizens: 6thMost Advanced Public Education: 8thHighest Economic Output: 8thMost Efficient Economies: 13thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 16thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16thMost Subsidized Industry: 23rdMost Patriotic: 30thMost Secular: 39thMost Cultured: 42ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 46thLargest Agricultural Sector: 57thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 72ndLargest Governments: 101stMost Corrupt Governments: 114thMost Developed: 134thLongest Average Lifespans: 149thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 180thMost Armed: 183rdLowest Crime Rates: 193rdLargest Retail Industry: 219thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 233rdLargest Mining Sector: 237thMost Stationary: 347thHighest Food Quality: 374thHighest Average Tax Rates: 405thLargest Publishing Industry: 411thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 474thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 600thHealthiest Citizens: 1,109thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,211thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,592ndLargest Populations: 1,845thTop
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Most Influential: 3,098thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,335thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,526thRudest Citizens: 5,698thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,816thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,253rdMost Income Equality: 8,875thMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,431stMost Authoritarian: 11,285thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,933rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,874th
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Longest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Food Quality: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Patriotic: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 6th in the regionTop
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 10th in the regionRudest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, every workday begins with group therapy.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, penny whistles have been rebranded 'tin hornpipes'.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, any body part that can be cut off a person is no longer considered to be their property.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, the number of judges has tripled in recent months.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, mantis shrimp studies is academia's fastest-growing field.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, nobody thinks that the Godfather was bettered by Part 2.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, the carbon footprint falls along with the human footprint during war.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, anything is permissible when wearing latex gloves.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, skateparks can be found in every city.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, the nation's museums are real penny-pinchers.

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