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Largest Insurance Industry: 1stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6th
The Little Brotherhood of
Iron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
Guns. Lots of guns.
Influence
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Real Matrix

Population33.377 billion

CapitalJoseph City
LeaderJoseph
FaithJosephism

Currencymoney
Animalviper

The Little Brotherhood of The Real Matrix is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Joseph with an iron fist, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, free-roaming dinosaurs, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 33.377 billion followers of Joseph 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, although Industry and Healthcare are also considered important, 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 99.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Josephic economy, worth an astonishing 33,376 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 999,978 monies, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,744,579 per year while the poor average 124,375, a ratio of 38.1 to 1.

The mummified remains of former kings are apparently discovered every time a tourist loses their wallet, family trees become bare as entire branches are lopped off, the nation tends not to learn from its history, and the rainbow assortment of chemicals in the water has turned the frogs gay. 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. The Real Matrix's national animal is the viper, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Josephism.

The Real Matrix is ranked 350th in the world and 1st in The Axis of Evil for Lowest Crime Rates, with 200.57 Law-abiding Acts Per Hour.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 1stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6thLargest Black Market: 8thHighest Average Incomes: 11thLargest Mining Sector: 11thHighest Economic Output: 17thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 19thLargest Agricultural Sector: 19thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 24thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 30thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 36thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 40thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 49thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 58thMost Subsidized Industry: 103rdMost Avoided: 125thMost Efficient Economies: 147thMost Corrupt Governments: 153rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 158thLargest Governments: 168thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 251stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 330thLowest Crime Rates: 350thLargest Retail Industry: 475thFattest Citizens: 487thMost Advanced Public Transport: 594thMost Primitive: 839thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,200thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,321stLargest Populations: 1,615thMost Stationary: 2,114thMost Ignorant Citizens: 2,236thTop
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,107thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,928thRudest Citizens: 7,387thTop
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Most Influential: 12,734thMost Conservative: 14,040thLargest Publishing Industry: 14,912thMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,728thLongest Average Lifespans: 16,714thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,533rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 21,759thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 21,853rdMost Authoritarian: 23,257th
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Most Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, the rainbow assortment of chemicals in the water has turned the frogs gay.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, the nation tends not to learn from its history.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, family trees become bare as entire branches are lopped off.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, the mummified remains of former kings are apparently discovered every time a tourist loses their wallet.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, sweet-toothed followers of Joseph have been left penniless by the VAT on candy.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, children are terrified that the 'flying police monster' will come to take them away in the night.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, punk rockers smash it up and then clean it up.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, children's books regularly feature formerly distressed damsels suing their princes.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, the Counter-Terrorism Unit has been nicknamed "Big Bad Wolf" for its tendency towards urban demolition.
  • : Following new legislation in The Real Matrix, the optimally efficient parking strategy for business commuters is referred to as the "traveling salesman problem".

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