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The Little Brotherhood of
Corporate Police State
Guns. Lots of guns.
Influence
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Real Matrix

Population35.734 billion

CapitalJoseph City
LeaderJoseph
FaithJosephism

Currencymoney
Animalviper

The Little Brotherhood of The Real Matrix is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Joseph with an iron fist, and notable for its compulsory military service, sprawling nuclear power plants, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 35.734 billion followers of Joseph 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 aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Joseph City. The average income tax rate is 99.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Josephic economy, worth an astonishing 35,633 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 997,177 monies, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,522,450 per year while the poor average 90,622, a ratio of 60.9 to 1.

Gossip magazines are more interested in astrological stars than celebrity ones, the word 'elite' appears as a synonym for various insults in the Josephic Colonial Thesaurus, military minds worry that 'the blue screen of death' on brand new operating systems may be a literal description, and no personal detail is too tiny for the suede-denim census police. 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. The Real Matrix's national animal is the viper, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Josephism.

The Real Matrix is ranked 23,185th in the world and 6th in The Axis of Evil for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero valid endorsements.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 2ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6thLargest Black Market: 8thLargest Mining Sector: 11thHighest Average Incomes: 12thHighest Economic Output: 17thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 22ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 22ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 29thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 31stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 40thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 42ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 42ndMost Patriotic: 42ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 64thMost Subsidized Industry: 157thMost Corrupt Governments: 162ndMost Efficient Economies: 174thLargest Governments: 190thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 208thMost Avoided: 232ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 272ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 335thLowest Crime Rates: 398thFattest Citizens: 497thLargest Retail Industry: 558thMost Advanced Public Transport: 575thMost Primitive: 933rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,489thLargest Populations: 1,571stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,755thMost Stationary: 1,941stTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 3,422ndRudest Citizens: 5,306thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,773rdLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 6,499thMost Influential: 12,152ndTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 15,338thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,116thMost Scientifically Advanced: 19,462ndMost Conservative: 20,911thLongest Average Lifespans: 20,985thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 23,185thMost Advanced Public Education: 24,662ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 25,113thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 25,253rdMost Devout: 26,577th
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Patriotic: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Devout.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Devout.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, no personal detail is too tiny for the suede-denim census police.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, military minds worry that 'the blue screen of death' on brand new operating systems may be a literal description.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, the word 'elite' appears as a synonym for various insults in the Josephic Colonial Thesaurus.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Devout.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork and the Top 10% for Most Devout and Most Survivors.

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