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Highest Poor Incomes: 1stMost Scientifically Advanced: 1stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd
The Despotic Dictatorship of
Corrupt Dictatorship Well-Meaning Dictatorship
God was a dream of good government.
The Despot
Influence
Dealmaker
Founder
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Despoticania

Population30.577 billion

CapitalDespoticania Prime
LeaderThe Despot
FaithChurch of Transcendental Hatred

CurrencyDespollar
AnimalWinged Unicorn Pig

The Despotic Dictatorship of Despoticania is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by The Despot with an iron fist, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, digital currency, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 30.577 billion Despoticanians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The relatively small, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Despoticania Prime. The average income tax rate is 97.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Despoticanian economy, worth an astonishing 32,500 trillion Despollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Automobile Manufacturing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is a breathtaking 1,062,902 Despollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

People accuse the government of being in bed with Big Safety, a government program is underway to revitalize Despoticania's beaches, the government is promoting multicultural values with the new 'Just Be Nice, OK?' initiative, and soldiers are equipped with multi-million Despollar battlesuits. Crime is totally unknown. Despoticania's national animal is the Winged Unicorn Pig, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Church of Transcendental Hatred.

Despoticania is ranked 183,629th in the world and 51st in The Alliance of Dictators for Most Politically Free, scoring 12.86 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Highest Poor Incomes: 1stMost Scientifically Advanced: 1stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rdLargest Black Market: 4thHighest Average Incomes: 7thMost Efficient Economies: 9thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9thHighest Economic Output: 13thSmartest Citizens: 14thMost Subsidized Industry: 20thMost Advanced Public Education: 29thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 34thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 38thMost Cultured: 42ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 51stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 66thMost Secular: 73rdLargest Retail Industry: 89thLargest Agricultural Sector: 103rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 131stLargest Mining Sector: 157thMost Corrupt Governments: 171stLargest Governments: 181stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 226thMost Armed: 242ndMost Developed: 299thLongest Average Lifespans: 340thMost Stationary: 382ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 548thLowest Crime Rates: 589thLargest Publishing Industry: 860thMost Avoided: 1,098thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,236thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,654thLargest Populations: 1,943rdTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 2,437thRudest Citizens: 2,514thMost Influential: 2,649thHealthiest Citizens: 4,276thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,238thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,636thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10,242ndTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 14,035thMost Inclusive: 14,563rdMost Authoritarian: 15,483rdLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 16,592ndMost Income Equality: 18,211thLargest Welfare Programs: 18,528th
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Most Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionMost Income Equality: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionRudest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Inclusive: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 10th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 11th in the regionMost Avoided: 11th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, soldiers are equipped with multi-million Despollar battlesuits.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, the government is promoting multicultural values with the new 'Just Be Nice, OK?' initiative.
  • : Despoticania voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Trotterdam".
  • : Despoticania voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting Legal Rights of Workers".
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, a government program is underway to revitalize Despoticania's beaches.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, people accuse the government of being in bed with Big Safety.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, police conduct weekly raids looking for contraband cheeseburgers.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, the diplomatic corps tends to open negotiations by insulting all the foreigners in the room.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, there's a hole in the heart of every Despoticanian city.
  • : Despoticania was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Fattest Citizens.

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