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Largest Insurance Industry: 1stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7th
The Little Brotherhood of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Guns. Lots of guns.
Influence
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Real Matrix

Population32.812 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 notable for its vat-grown people, parental licensing program, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 32.812 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 receive no funds. 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 32,703 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 996,702 monies, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,406,125 per year while the poor average 141,047, a ratio of 31.2 to 1.

Garden stores are not allowed to sell water butts, the Joseph City XV Regiment (aka "The Goat Starers") have yet to win a battle, homeowners on prime real estate have been seen dodging giant bulldozers with cartoon characters painted on them, and caps with skulls on them are the height of fashion. 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 232,533rd in the world and 25th in The Axis of Evil for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 2.88 Tourists Per Hour.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 1stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7thLargest Black Market: 8thHighest Average Incomes: 11thLargest Mining Sector: 11thHighest Economic Output: 18thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 19thLargest Agricultural Sector: 20thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 25thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 29thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 37thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 42ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 62ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 62ndMost Subsidized Industry: 111thMost Avoided: 132ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 152ndMost Corrupt Governments: 156thMost Efficient Economies: 157thLargest Governments: 163rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 280thLowest Crime Rates: 334thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 340thLargest Retail Industry: 438thFattest Citizens: 545thMost Advanced Public Transport: 599thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,179thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,329thLargest Populations: 1,643rdMost Stationary: 2,142ndTop
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Most Primitive: 3,440thMost Ignorant Citizens: 3,912thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,785thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,043rdMost Conservative: 7,957thRudest Citizens: 8,260thMost Secular: 10,593rdTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 12,643rdMost Influential: 12,895thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,578thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,939thMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,895thMost Authoritarian: 18,882ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 21,481stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 21,983rd
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Highest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Primitive: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, caps with skulls on them are the height of fashion.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, homeowners on prime real estate have been seen dodging giant bulldozers with cartoon characters painted on them.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, the Joseph City XV Regiment (aka "The Goat Starers") have yet to win a battle.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, garden stores are not allowed to sell water butts.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, teddy bear James Dean (aka "the Rebel Without the Claws") helps convince kids that candy cigarettes are cool.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, the flight attendant who draws the short straw is on "cockpit bucket duty".
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, reddish-brown is the new black.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, takeaway food bought on the weekend now comes with fifty percent more sweat and tears.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, the national anthem's only purpose is to inflate Joseph's ever-expanding ego.

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