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Largest Insurance Industry: 1st Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7th
The Little Brotherhood of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Guns. Lots of guns.
Influence
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Real Matrix

Population29.21 billion

CapitalJoseph City
LeaderJoseph
FaithJosephism

Currencymoney
Animalviper

The Little Brotherhood of The Real Matrix is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Joseph with an iron fist, and remarkable for its otherworldly petting zoo, anti-smoking policies, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 29.21 billion followers of Joseph are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

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 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 99.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Josephic economy, worth an astonishing 28,650 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 980,843 monies, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,804,206 per year while the poor average 273,269, a ratio of 10.3 to 1.

Psychological disorders are a taboo subject, a The Axis of Evil Tourist Association survey has rated The Real Matrix #1 for number twos, the country is preparing for war, and blasphemers and government critics often die in very unusual and unlikely accidents. 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 169,800th in the world and 15th in The Axis of Evil for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -1008.04 on the Hayek Index.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 1stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7thHighest Average Incomes: 10thLargest Mining Sector: 11thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13thHighest Economic Output: 19thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 21stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 34thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 38thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 43rdLargest Black Market: 48thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 56thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 58thLargest Agricultural Sector: 65thMost Subsidized Industry: 73rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 89thMost Corrupt Governments: 109thMost Avoided: 120thLargest Governments: 134thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 136thLargest Retail Industry: 234thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 242ndLowest Crime Rates: 283rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 336thHighest Poor Incomes: 343rdFattest Citizens: 469thMost Advanced Public Transport: 628thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 950thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,092ndTop
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Largest Populations: 1,742ndMost Efficient Economies: 1,900thMost Primitive: 2,072ndMost Stationary: 2,462ndRudest Citizens: 6,998thMost Conservative: 8,021stTop
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Most Secular: 9,298thMost Ignorant Citizens: 10,715thMost Influential: 11,450thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,870thMost Extreme: 12,017thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,507th
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Dead and the Top 5% for Most Zombified.
  • : The Real Matrix was cleansed by a Level 5 Invasion Tactical Zombie Elimination Squad from The dracion islands, killing 1,039 million zombies.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Zombies and the Top 5% for Most Survivors.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : The Real Matrix's influence in The Axis of Evil fell from "Powerbroker" to "Eminence Grise".
  • : The Real Matrix's influence in The Axis of Evil rose from "Eminence Grise" to "Powerbroker".
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.

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