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Most Influential: 1,561stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,648thBest Weather: 1,886th
The Democratic States of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Freedom of Expression, Democracy, Unity, and Compromise
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population7.91 billion

LeaderPresident Supreme Clitus Heraclius


The Democratic States of Josephtan is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by President Supreme Clitus Heraclius with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, pith helmet sales, and compulsory military service. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 7.91 billion Josephtanians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Olympia. The average income tax rate is 95.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Josephtanian economy, worth 937 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 common. Average income is an impressive 118,575 FoxDollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation's soldiers are considered the best-dressed in New Western Empire, passwords to nuclear codes must now contain upper and lower case characters, minorities play dumb to get more welfare payments, and orthopaedics patients often have a bounce in their step. 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 224,987th in the world and 227th in New Western Empire for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -22.48 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,306thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,582ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,857thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,882ndNicest Citizens: 3,026thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,079thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,123rdHealthiest Citizens: 3,718thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,720thSafest: 3,876thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,897thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,117thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,448thMost Developed: 5,053rdLowest Crime Rates: 5,978thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,321stMost Cultured: 7,238thLargest Governments: 7,420thSmartest Citizens: 7,802ndMost Pacifist: 8,206thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,379thMost Inclusive: 9,133rdTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 13,991stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,520thLargest Publishing Industry: 14,672ndMost Subsidized Industry: 17,768thHighest Economic Output: 18,307thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 20,525thMost Efficient Economies: 20,538th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionNicest Citizens: 5th in the regionSafest: 7th in the regionBest Weather: 7th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 7th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Influential: 8th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 10th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 11th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 11th in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 12th in the regionMost Developed: 15th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 19th in the regionMost Cultured: 20th in the region

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