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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th Largest Manufacturing Sector: 5th
The Corporate Dictatorship of
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Population29.17 billion

CapitalJoseph City


The Corporate Dictatorship of Josephland is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Joseph with an iron fist, and notable for its parental licensing program, public floggings, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 29.17 billion follower of Josephs are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is dominated by the Department of Defense, although Industry and Healthcare are also considered important, while Social Policy and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Joseph City. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Josephic economy, worth an astonishing 29,344 trillion monies a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Average income is a breathtaking 1,005,996 monies, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,137,365 per year while the poor average 161,270, a ratio of 25.7 to 1.

Labour strikes are routinely squashed by police, flogging is all the rage, gambling is outlawed, and a The Alliance of Dictators Tourist Association survey has rated Josephland #1 for number twos. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Josephland's national animal is the viper, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Josephism.

Josephland is ranked 35th in the world and 1st in The Alliance of Dictators for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 81,628.27 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5thLargest Mining Sector: 6thLargest Insurance Industry: 6thHighest Average Incomes: 8thHighest Economic Output: 13thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 19thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 28thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 32ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 35thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 37thLargest Black Market: 40thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 47thLargest Agricultural Sector: 58thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 61stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 63rdMost Subsidized Industry: 65thLargest Governments: 94thMost Corrupt Governments: 114thMost Avoided: 148thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 152ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 217thLowest Crime Rates: 244thMost Advanced Public Transport: 269thMost Stationary: 461stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 464thFattest Citizens: 486thLargest Retail Industry: 585thHighest Average Tax Rates: 617thMost Efficient Economies: 1,429thMost Primitive: 1,670thLargest Populations: 1,699thTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 2,337thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,980thMost Conservative: 5,273rdMost Influential: 6,666thRudest Citizens: 6,803rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,112thTop
Most Extreme: 9,378thSmartest Citizens: 11,794thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12,271stMost Devout: 12,771stLargest Publishing Industry: 15,488thMost Authoritarian: 17,551st
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 9th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Primitive: 11th in the regionRudest Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Influential: 13th in the region

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