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Most Influential: 245thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 279thLargest Insurance Industry: 494th
The Shadow Cult of
Iron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
Thou shalt know no fear
Founder / The Shadow Cult
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population10.235 billion

Leaderthe Shadow Emperor


The Shadow Cult of Jocospor is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by the Shadow Emperor with an iron fist, and renowned for its closed borders, sprawling nuclear power plants, and national health service. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 10.235 billion Jocospites 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vocryae. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 82.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Jocospite economy, worth a remarkable 1,922 trillion Flamas a year, is fairly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, Uranium Mining, and Information Technology. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 187,837 Flamas, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 643,328 per year while the poor average 40,288, a ratio of 16.0 to 1.

Prisoners due for execution often use their final statement to complain about soggy bread rolls, citizens wishing to be parents must undertake a series of gruelling tests to evaluate their capabilities, deli patrons examine their roast beef for undetonated explosives, and sermons are regularly interrupted by businessmen taking phone calls. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Jocospor's national animal is the Finch, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Moderatism.

Jocospor is ranked 197,169th in the world and 266th in Confederation of Corrupt Dictators for Highest Crime Rates, with 1.74 Crimes Per Hour.

Most Influential: 245thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 279thLargest Insurance Industry: 494thLargest Black Market: 1,055thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,068thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,003rdTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,100thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,185thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,901stLargest Mining Sector: 4,138thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,583rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,601stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,463rdHighest Average Incomes: 7,418thHighest Economic Output: 7,850thMost Avoided: 8,252ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,808thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,276thLowest Crime Rates: 9,982ndTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10,747thLargest Governments: 11,505thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,959thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,736thMost Secular: 13,447thLargest Gambling Industry: 15,409thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,880thMost Efficient Economies: 17,023rdMost Developed: 17,260thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,608thMost Advanced Public Education: 18,627thMost Authoritarian: 18,989thMost Conservative: 19,862nd
Most Influential: 1st in the regionTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 13th in the regionLargest Black Market: 13th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 16th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 23rd in the regionMost Stationary: 23rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 28th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 31st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 31st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 32nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 33rd in the region

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