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Population5.881 billion

LeaderPresident Supreme Clitus Heraclius


The Democratic States of Josephtan is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by President Supreme Clitus Heraclius with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, complete lack of prisons, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 5.881 billion Josephtanians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Olympia. The average income tax rate is 95.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Josephtanian economy, worth 712 trillion FoxDollars a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Information Technology. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 121,159 FoxDollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Priests are being drafted by the church load, 50% of adverts on children's television are for clothes made of cotton wool, a ban on robots in disguise has transformed the entertainment industry, and the freedom to be free is always just out of reach. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Josephtan's national animal is the Fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Spiritism.

Josephtan is ranked 107,067th in the world and 183rd in New Western Empire for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 405.94 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,773rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,896thBest Weather: 2,063rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,719thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,844thNicest Citizens: 3,117thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,146thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,169thMost Influential: 3,170thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,187thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,259thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,305thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,408thHealthiest Citizens: 3,839thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,896thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,205thSafest: 4,212thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,595thMost Developed: 4,738thLowest Crime Rates: 5,379thMost Pacifist: 5,516thLargest Governments: 6,866thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,297thMost Cultured: 7,880thSmartest Citizens: 8,209thTop
Most Inclusive: 9,482ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,310thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,353rdHighest Poor Incomes: 15,601stMost Subsidized Industry: 16,775th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 5th in the regionMost Stationary: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6th in the regionBest Weather: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionNicest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 9th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 10th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 10th in the regionSafest: 11th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 12th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 12th in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 14th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 14th in the regionMost Influential: 16th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 19th in the regionMost Pacifist: 19th in the regionMost Developed: 20th in the regionLargest Governments: 21st in the region

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