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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd Largest Mining Sector: 5th Largest Insurance Industry: 5th
The Corporate Dictatorship of
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Population26.804 billion

CapitalJoseph City


The Corporate Dictatorship of Josephland is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Joseph with an iron fist, and remarkable for its zero percent divorce rate, compulsory military service, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 26.804 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, with Industry and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Environment 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 26,964 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 7,607th in the world and 33rd in The Alliance of Dictators for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 426.91 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rdLargest Mining Sector: 5thLargest Insurance Industry: 5thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6thHighest Average Incomes: 7thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8thHighest Economic Output: 14thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 20thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 20thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 29thLargest Black Market: 33rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 40thMost Subsidized Industry: 57thLargest Agricultural Sector: 57thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 59thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 60thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 67thLargest Governments: 68thMost Corrupt Governments: 90thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 151stMost Avoided: 154thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 207thLowest Crime Rates: 222ndLargest Retail Industry: 322ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 332ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 463rdFattest Citizens: 476thMost Stationary: 492ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 591stMost Efficient Economies: 1,485thMost Primitive: 1,692ndLargest Populations: 1,789thTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 1,878thMost Conservative: 5,061stMost Advanced Public Education: 5,068thRudest Citizens: 5,516thMost Influential: 5,825thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,607thMost Extreme: 8,949thTop
Smartest Citizens: 11,191stMost Devout: 12,374thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12,932ndLargest Publishing Industry: 16,176thMost Authoritarian: 17,576th
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 7th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 7th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Primitive: 11th in the regionMost Extreme: 12th in the regionRudest Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 14th in the regionMost Influential: 17th in the region

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