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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

Population33.762 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 remarkable for its infamous sell-swords, anti-smoking policies, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 33.762 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, 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 33,841 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. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is a breathtaking 1,002,366 monies, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,733,529 per year while the poor average 125,780, a ratio of 37.6 to 1.

Exports are stamped with "made by the invisible hand you commies", mathematicians are gathering an infinite number of vipers and typewriters to see if they can recreate the works of Max Barry, it is said that a Josephic woman's work is never done, and many believe that Joseph's head is big enough for the sun to orbit around it. 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 26th in the world and 1st in The Axis of Evil for Most Patriotic, with 177.79 Flags saluted per person per day.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 2ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6thLargest Black Market: 8thHighest Average Incomes: 11thLargest Mining Sector: 12thHighest Economic Output: 15thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 19thLargest Agricultural Sector: 20thMost Patriotic: 26thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 26thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 30thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 37thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 38thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 49thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 59thMost Subsidized Industry: 107thMost Efficient Economies: 153rdMost Corrupt Governments: 159thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 162ndLargest Governments: 170thMost Avoided: 230thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 249thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 321stLowest Crime Rates: 353rdFattest Citizens: 476thLargest Retail Industry: 485thMost Advanced Public Transport: 587thMost Primitive: 850thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,179thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,315thLargest Populations: 1,603rdMost Stationary: 2,085thTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 2,762ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,668thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,699thRudest Citizens: 7,611thTop
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Most Influential: 12,514thMost Conservative: 14,134thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,968thMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,067thLongest Average Lifespans: 17,327thMost Scientifically Advanced: 19,295thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 20,605thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20,984thMost Authoritarian: 21,523rd
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Patriotic: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Patriotic.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, many believe that Joseph's head is big enough for the sun to orbit around it.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, it is said that a Josephic woman's work is never done.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, mathematicians are gathering an infinite number of vipers and typewriters to see if they can recreate the works of Max Barry.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, exports are stamped with "made by the invisible hand you commies".
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, baby boys who pick up pink crayons are sent to a psychiatric ward.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, not showing enough enthusiasm for mutual assured destruction is a court-martial offence.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, the "Dreadnowt" is the pride and joy of the Josephic Navy.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, a rolling news ticker tape of disclaimers runs across the bottom of the screen on all TV shows.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, the local custom of Biking With The Cars sends tourists home bemused or in body-bags.

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