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Most Influential: 873rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,523rdBest Weather: 1,865th
The Democratic States of
Left-wing Utopia Utopia
Freedom of Expression, Democracy, Unity, and Compromise
WA Delegate / Emperor
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population9.293 billion

LeaderPresident Supreme Clitus Heraclius


The Democratic States of Josephtan is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by President Supreme Clitus Heraclius with a fair hand, and remarkable for its smutty television, compulsory military service, and parental licensing program. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 9.293 billion Josephtanians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous 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 95.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Josephtanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,087 trillion FoxDollars a year, is highly 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 117,070 FoxDollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Out-of-work actors say they can't complain, asking 'does my bum look big in this?' leads to 30 hours of self-esteem classes, hospitals fear government fines more than terrorist ransoms, and the nation threatens sanctions on islands only visible at low tide. 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 200,724th in the world and 173rd in New Western Empire for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -5.67 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most Influential: 873rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,523rdBest Weather: 1,865thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,042ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,061stMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,247thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,486thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,812thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,070thNicest Citizens: 3,472ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,593rdSafest: 3,603rdMost Advanced Public Education: 3,661stHealthiest Citizens: 3,706thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,990thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,056thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,372ndMost Developed: 5,149thLowest Crime Rates: 6,161stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,446thMost Cultured: 7,318thLargest Governments: 7,559thSmartest Citizens: 8,121stMost Pacifist: 8,472ndMost Inclusive: 9,947thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,750thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,687thHighest Economic Output: 16,913thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,455thMost Efficient Economies: 20,021stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 21,246thMost Valuable International Artwork: 22,010thMost Income Equality: 22,489thMost Scientifically Advanced: 23,150thLargest Publishing Industry: 23,784th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 5th in the regionBest Weather: 6th in the regionSafest: 7th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 8th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8th in the regionNicest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 9th in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 10th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 10th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12th in the regionMost Income Equality: 14th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 14th in the regionMost Pacifist: 18th in the regionMost Developed: 18th in the region

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