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Most Scientifically Advanced: 2nd Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd Highest Poor Incomes: 4th
The Despotic Dictatorship of
Corrupt Dictatorship
God was a dream of good government.
The Despot
Influence
Negotiator
Founder
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Despoticania

Population28.276 billion

CapitalDespoticania Prime
LeaderThe Despot
FaithChurch of Transcendental Hatred

CurrencyDespollar
AnimalWinged Unicorn Pig

The Despotic Dictatorship of Despoticania is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by The Despot with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, frequent executions, and digital currency. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 28.276 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, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Despoticania Prime. The average income tax rate is 47.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Despoticanian economy, worth an astonishing 24,259 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 857,960 Despollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The Despot's iHouse is so intelligent that it manages its own social media accounts, the installation of street lights across remote goat tracks has left citizens bemused, politicians accepting drinks in bars are executed for taking bribes, and citizens are deployed to barren deserts to protect small territorial claims. 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 17,700th in the world and 9th in The Alliance of Dictators for Highest Drug Use, scoring 100.6 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

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Most Scientifically Advanced: 2ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rdHighest Poor Incomes: 4thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4thHighest Average Incomes: 18thSmartest Citizens: 19thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 22ndLargest Black Market: 23rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 28thHighest Economic Output: 33rdMost Cultured: 50thMost Subsidized Industry: 58thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 59thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 72ndLargest Retail Industry: 94thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 121stMost Secular: 140thHighest Disposable Incomes: 140thMost Advanced Public Education: 169thMost Corrupt Governments: 189thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 202ndLargest Mining Sector: 209thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 215thLargest Governments: 287thLargest Gambling Industry: 332ndMost Stationary: 412thMost Avoided: 453rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 525thMost Efficient Economies: 578thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 603rdMost Rebellious Youth: 872ndFattest Citizens: 938thRudest Citizens: 1,020thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,067thLowest Crime Rates: 1,405thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,455thTop
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Largest Populations: 2,025thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,116thMost Influential: 2,920thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,572ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,074thTop
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Nudest: 14,718thMost Inclusive: 15,153rd
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Most Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 8th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 9th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 9th in the regionMost Inclusive: 10th in the regionFattest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 14th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, citizens are deployed to barren deserts to protect small territorial claims.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, politicians accepting drinks in bars are executed for taking bribes.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, the installation of street lights across remote goat tracks has left citizens bemused.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, The Despot's iHouse is so intelligent that it manages its own social media accounts.
  • : Despoticania lodged a message on the The Alliance of Dictators Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, crossword puzzles have been co-opted as a symbol of racial discrimination.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, tourists are kicked out if they express interest in their national sport.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, people are more interested in gossip about the private lives of politicians than their policies.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, school teachers check the staff room for hidden webcams before complaining about rebellious students.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, the government's fruit business reeks of rotting produce and corruption.

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