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Most Influential: 243rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 273rdLargest Insurance Industry: 499th
The Shadow Cult of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Thou shalt know no fear
Founder / The Shadow Cult
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population10.185 billion

Leaderthe Shadow Emperor


The Shadow Cult of Jocospor is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by the Shadow Emperor with an iron fist, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, prohibition of alcohol, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 10.185 billion Jocospites are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vocryae. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 82.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Jocospite economy, worth a remarkable 1,913 trillion Flamas a year, is fairly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, Uranium Mining, and Information Technology. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 187,837 Flamas, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 643,328 per year while the poor average 40,288, a ratio of 16.0 to 1.

Prisoners due for execution often use their final statement to complain about soggy bread rolls, citizens wishing to be parents must undertake a series of gruelling tests to evaluate their capabilities, deli patrons examine their roast beef for undetonated explosives, and sermons are regularly interrupted by businessmen taking phone calls. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Jocospor's national animal is the Finch, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Moderatism.

Jocospor is ranked 12,580th in the world and 45th in Confederation of Corrupt Dictators for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 81.99 Effective Tax Rate.

Most Influential: 243rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 273rdLargest Insurance Industry: 499thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,059thLargest Black Market: 1,066thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,998thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,039thTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,190thLargest Mining Sector: 4,139thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,622ndMost Subsidized Industry: 5,582ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,599thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,541stHighest Average Incomes: 7,501stHighest Economic Output: 7,910thMost Avoided: 8,305thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,829thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,330thLowest Crime Rates: 9,897thTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10,780thLargest Governments: 11,528thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 12,199thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,580thMost Secular: 13,396thLargest Gambling Industry: 15,538thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,776thMost Efficient Economies: 17,004thMost Developed: 17,071stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,289thMost Advanced Public Education: 18,400thMost Authoritarian: 19,329thMost Conservative: 20,041st
Most Influential: 1st in the regionTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 11th in the regionLargest Black Market: 11th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 15th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 23rd in the regionLargest Populations: 23rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 25th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 30th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 32nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 32nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 32nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 33rd in the region

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