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Most Influential: 1,072ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,653rdBest Weather: 1,923rd
The Democratic States of
Left-wing Utopia
Freedom of Expression, Democracy, Unity, and Compromise
WA Delegate / Emperor
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population8.823 billion

LeaderPresident Supreme Clitus Heraclius


The Democratic States of Josephtan is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by President Supreme Clitus Heraclius with a fair hand, and renowned for its frequent executions, smutty television, and ubiquitous missile silos. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 8.823 billion Josephtanians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Olympia. The average income tax rate is 95.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Josephtanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,043 trillion FoxDollars a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Information Technology. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 118,217 FoxDollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Teenage TV characters are played by thirty-year-olds by the end of the second season, out-of-work actors say they can't complain, asking 'does my bum look big in this?' leads to 30 hours of self-esteem classes, and hospitals fear government fines more than terrorist ransoms. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Josephtan's national animal is the Fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Spiritism.

Josephtan is ranked 3,670th in the world and 12th in New Western Empire for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 15,989.91 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Most Influential: 1,072ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,653rdBest Weather: 1,923rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,046thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,126thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,278thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,372ndTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 2,905thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,107thNicest Citizens: 3,367thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,467thSafest: 3,536thHealthiest Citizens: 3,626thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,670thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,928thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,003rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,354thMost Developed: 5,020thLowest Crime Rates: 6,018thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,636thMost Cultured: 7,223rdLargest Governments: 7,428thSmartest Citizens: 7,932ndMost Pacifist: 8,575thMost Inclusive: 9,763rdHighest Poor Incomes: 11,555thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,817thHighest Economic Output: 17,309thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,717thMost Valuable International Artwork: 19,033rdLargest Publishing Industry: 19,363rdMost Efficient Economies: 19,947thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 20,511thMost Scientifically Advanced: 22,755thMost Income Equality: 23,893rd
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 6th in the regionBest Weather: 7th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 8th in the regionSafest: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 9th in the regionNicest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 11th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 12th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 15th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 15th in the regionMost Developed: 18th in the regionMost Pacifist: 22nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 22nd in the region

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