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Despoticania

Population29.846 billion

CapitalDespoticania Prime
LeaderThe Despot
FaithChurch of Transcendental Hatred

CurrencyDespollar
AnimalWinged Unicorn Pig

The Despotic Dictatorship of Despoticania is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by The Despot with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, ritual sacrifices, and vat-grown people. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 29.846 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 95.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Despoticanian economy, worth an astonishing 30,945 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 1,036,854 Despollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government is known to care more about its buildings than its people, citizens are allowed to rise or fall based on their own merits, anything is permissible when wearing latex gloves, and the government has officially clarified that "wee on your hands to save time" does not count as proper hygiene. 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 801st in the world and 8th in The Alliance of Dictators for Most Avoided, scoring 1,516.87 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

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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: 8thMost Efficient Economies: 9thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9thSmartest Citizens: 15thHighest Economic Output: 19thMost Subsidized Industry: 20thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 34thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 35thMost Advanced Public Education: 36thMost Cultured: 42ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 52ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 58thLargest Retail Industry: 80thLargest Agricultural Sector: 103rdMost Secular: 121stLargest Mining Sector: 149thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 169thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 173rdMost Corrupt Governments: 178thLargest Governments: 202ndMost Armed: 228thMost Developed: 360thMost Stationary: 389thLongest Average Lifespans: 412thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 633rdLowest Crime Rates: 741stMost Avoided: 801stLargest Publishing Industry: 1,086thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,373rdRudest Citizens: 1,413thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,759thTop
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Largest Populations: 1,959thMost Influential: 2,581stFattest Citizens: 2,764thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,126thHealthiest Citizens: 7,692ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,913thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,091stTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,444thMost Income Equality: 13,144thMost Inclusive: 14,367thMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,351stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 17,674th
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionTop
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Most Inclusive: 7th in the regionMost Avoided: 8th in the regionMost Income Equality: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 11th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 11th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, the government has officially clarified that "wee on your hands to save time" does not count as proper hygiene.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, anything is permissible when wearing latex gloves.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, citizens are allowed to rise or fall based on their own merits.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, the government is known to care more about its buildings than its people.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, even doll houses and dog kennels have to be able to withstand rigorous earthquake testing.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, nuclear physics is the most popular course at university.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, artists from across the nation compete to renovate the restrooms of old government buildings.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, there is no such thing as an innocent fling in the Despoticanian military.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, city budgets are spent entirely on supporting the town royalty.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, government bureaucrats shut down teenage yard-raking businesses for being counter-revolutionary.

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