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Most Influential: 245thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 279thLargest Insurance Industry: 494th
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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Population10.196 billion

Leaderthe Shadow Emperor


The Shadow Cult of Jocospor is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by the Shadow Emperor with an iron fist, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, parental licensing program, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 10.196 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 1,915 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 203,601st in the world and 340th in Confederation of Corrupt Dictators for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -24.49 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Most Influential: 245thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 279thLargest Insurance Industry: 494thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,060thLargest Black Market: 1,063rdMost Corrupt Governments: 1,997thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,050thTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,190thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,893rdLargest Mining Sector: 4,126thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,611thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,625thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,468thHighest Average Incomes: 7,423rdHighest Economic Output: 7,877thMost Avoided: 8,247thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,823rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,287thLowest Crime Rates: 9,961stTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10,710thLargest Governments: 11,496thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 12,007thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,715thMost Secular: 13,377thLargest Gambling Industry: 15,386thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,932ndMost Efficient Economies: 17,037thMost Developed: 17,232ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,655thMost Advanced Public Education: 18,685thMost Authoritarian: 19,095thMost Conservative: 19,983rd
Most Influential: 1st in the regionTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 13th in the regionLargest Black Market: 13th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 16th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 23rd in the regionLargest Populations: 23rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 25th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 31st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 32nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 32nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 33rd in the region

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