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Most Influential: 1,035thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,682ndBest Weather: 1,927th
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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Population8.86 billion

LeaderPresident Supreme Clitus Heraclius


The Democratic States of Josephtan is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by President Supreme Clitus Heraclius with a fair hand, and remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, public floggings, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 8.86 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, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Olympia. The average income tax rate is 95.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Josephtanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,051 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 118,725 FoxDollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Teenage TV characters are played by thirty-year-olds by the end of the second season, 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, and hospitals fear government fines more than terrorist ransoms. 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 53,575th in the world and 47th in New Western Empire for Most Politically Free, scoring 75.14 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Most Beautiful Environments: 2,901stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,112thNicest Citizens: 3,378thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,489thSafest: 3,556thHealthiest Citizens: 3,638thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,717thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,945thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,017thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,370thMost Developed: 5,035thLowest Crime Rates: 6,044thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,633rdMost Cultured: 7,263rdLargest Governments: 7,464thSmartest Citizens: 7,932ndMost Pacifist: 8,631stMost Inclusive: 9,790thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,429thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,760thHighest Economic Output: 17,225thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,633rdLargest Publishing Industry: 18,330thMost Valuable International Artwork: 19,332ndMost Efficient Economies: 19,898thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 20,551stMost Scientifically Advanced: 22,561stMost Income Equality: 23,927thHighest Average Incomes: 24,108th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 6th in the regionBest Weather: 7th in the regionNicest Citizens: 9th in the regionSafest: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 11th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 12th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 15th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 15th in the regionMost Developed: 18th in the regionMost Income Equality: 20th in the regionMost Pacifist: 22nd in the region

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