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Highest Poor Incomes: 1stMost Scientifically Advanced: 1stLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd
The Despotic Dictatorship of
Psychotic Dictatorship Fascist Dictatorship
God was a dream of good government.
The Despot
Influence
Dealmaker
Founder
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Despoticania

Population31.858 billion

CapitalDespoticania Prime
LeaderThe Despot
FaithChurch of Transcendental Hatred

CurrencyDespollar
AnimalWinged Unicorn Pig

The Despotic Dictatorship of Despoticania is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by The Despot with an iron fist, and notable for its compulsory vegetarianism, free-roaming dinosaurs, and ritual sacrifices. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 31.858 billion Despoticanians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

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 99.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Despoticanian economy, worth an astonishing 34,669 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 1,088,263 Despollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Pre-takeoff checks last longer than the flights themselves, a baby's first breath is also a baby's first felony, the Counter-Terrorism Unit has been nicknamed "Big Bad Wolf" for its tendency towards urban demolition, and the nation has nearly as many history museums as Despoticanians. 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 238,642nd in the world and 106th in The Alliance of Dictators for Most Politically Free, scoring 0.43 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Highest Poor Incomes: 1stMost Scientifically Advanced: 1stLargest Information Technology Sector: 2ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rdLargest Black Market: 4thHighest Average Incomes: 5thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7thHighest Economic Output: 10thSmartest Citizens: 10thMost Efficient Economies: 12thMost Subsidized Industry: 18thMost Advanced Public Education: 20thMost Secular: 28thMost Cultured: 37thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 39thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 39thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 48thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 102ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 104thLargest Agricultural Sector: 108thLargest Retail Industry: 121stMost Corrupt Governments: 145thLargest Governments: 145thLargest Mining Sector: 188thMost Developed: 211thMost Armed: 213thLongest Average Lifespans: 230thMost Stationary: 366thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 387thLowest Crime Rates: 388thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 407thLargest Publishing Industry: 722ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,193rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,560thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,605thLargest Populations: 1,911thHealthiest Citizens: 2,077thMost Avoided: 2,127thTop
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Most Influential: 2,898thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,729thRudest Citizens: 7,426thMost Authoritarian: 7,591stMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,673rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,317thMost Income Equality: 11,593rdTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 12,597thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,255thMost Inclusive: 17,913thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 18,630th
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionMost Income Equality: 5th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 7th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 7th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 9th in the regionMost Inclusive: 9th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 9th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 9th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, the nation has nearly as many history museums as Despoticanians.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, the Counter-Terrorism Unit has been nicknamed "Big Bad Wolf" for its tendency towards urban demolition.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, a baby's first breath is also a baby's first felony.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, pre-takeoff checks last longer than the flights themselves.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, there's a shortage of swinging hot spots as land development grinds to a halt.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, small shoes often wash up on the beach.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, shelters struggle to keep up with the endless intake of stray animals.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, the nation's universities are often mistaken for foreign embassies.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, laser-wielding robots are taking aim at human hearts.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, colonials are offended to find a local animal has been re-named the 'Furry Four-Legged Marsupial Winged Unicorn Pig'.

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