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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4thLargest Black Market: 6th
The Corporate Dictatorship of
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Oderint Dum Metuant
Influence
Truckler
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Josephland

Population33.494 billion

CapitalJoseph City
LeaderJoseph
FaithJosephism

Currencymoney
Animalviper

The Corporate Dictatorship of Josephland is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Joseph with an iron fist, and remarkable for its digital currency, compulsory military service, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 33.494 billion follower of Josephs 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, with Industry, Healthcare, and Education also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Environment aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Joseph City. The average income tax rate is 99.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Josephic economy, worth an astonishing 34,331 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. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is a breathtaking 1,025,017 monies, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 6,079,226 per year while the poor average 79,553, a ratio of 76.4 to 1.

Teddy bear James Dean (aka "the Rebel Without the Claws") helps convince kids that candy cigarettes are cool, nine-year-olds' chat logs are scoured for evidence of radicalization, corporations have to consult a fifty-page "sanctions spreadsheet" to determine which countries they are allowed to do business with, and good-looking doctors are obliged by law to give foot rubs to Joseph. 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. Josephland's national animal is the viper, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Josephism.

Josephland is ranked 245,032nd in the world and 122nd in The Alliance of Dictators for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, with 4.95 Whatever.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4thLargest Black Market: 6thLargest Insurance Industry: 7thLargest Mining Sector: 8thHighest Average Incomes: 10thHighest Economic Output: 12thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12thLargest Agricultural Sector: 17thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 18thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 19thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 23rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 26thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 40thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 54thMost Subsidized Industry: 89thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 96thLargest Governments: 145thMost Avoided: 153rdMost Corrupt Governments: 158thMost Efficient Economies: 220thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 230thMost Advanced Public Transport: 237thLowest Crime Rates: 294thMost Stationary: 396thFattest Citizens: 486thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 601stLargest Retail Industry: 922ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,019thLargest Populations: 1,585thMost Primitive: 1,968thTop
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,409thMost Developed: 5,617thRudest Citizens: 5,643rdMost Advanced Public Education: 6,076thMost Conservative: 6,531stMost Influential: 8,121stMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,865thMost Devout: 12,293rdTop
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Smartest Citizens: 13,094thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,617thLongest Average Lifespans: 16,850thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 18,044thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,344thMost Authoritarian: 18,441stHighest Poor Incomes: 18,556th
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Fattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 7th in the regionMost Primitive: 8th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 11th in the regionRudest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Developed: 11th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Josephland was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Devout.
  • : Following new legislation in Josephland, good-looking doctors are obliged by law to give foot rubs to Joseph.
  • : Following new legislation in Josephland, corporations have to consult a fifty-page "sanctions spreadsheet" to determine which countries they are allowed to do business with.
  • : Following new legislation in Josephland, nine-year-olds' chat logs are scoured for evidence of radicalization.
  • : Following new legislation in Josephland, teddy bear James Dean (aka "the Rebel Without the Claws") helps convince kids that candy cigarettes are cool.
  • : Following new legislation in Josephland, military equipment stores have a tendency to go up in flames.
  • : Josephland was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : Following new legislation in Josephland, recent events have left citizens both shaken and stirred.
  • : Following new legislation in Josephland, the government is denying reports that criminals injected with experimental drugs have turned into monstrous supervillains.
  • : Following new legislation in Josephland, veterans in wheelchairs are left waist-deep in rice paddies to gather grain.

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