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Highest Poor Incomes: 1stLargest Information Technology Sector: 2ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd
The Despotic Dictatorship of
Corrupt Dictatorship
God was a dream of good government.
The Despot
Influence
Enforcer
Founder
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Despoticania

Population35.304 billion

CapitalDespoticania Prime
LeaderThe Despot
FaithChurch of Transcendental Hatred

CurrencyDespollar
AnimalWinged Unicorn Pig

The Despotic Dictatorship of Despoticania is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by The Despot with an iron fist, and renowned for its otherworldly petting zoo, frequent executions, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 35.304 billion Despoticanians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The relatively small, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Despoticania Prime. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Despoticanian economy, worth an astonishing 40,966 trillion Despollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Book Publishing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is a breathtaking 1,160,402 Despollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Politicians look weirdly alike, colonial citizens are forced to sing the praise of the "Great Despoticanian Liberator", wilderness-dwelling hermits are surprised to find railway stations on their front doorsteps, and The Despot's iHouse is so intelligent that it manages its own social media accounts. Crime is totally unknown. Despoticania's national animal is the Winged Unicorn Pig, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Church of Transcendental Hatred.

Despoticania is ranked 3rd in the world and 1st in The Alliance of Dictators for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 2,791.32 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Highest Poor Incomes: 1stLargest Information Technology Sector: 2ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rdLargest Black Market: 3rdHighest Average Incomes: 4thSmartest Citizens: 4thHighest Economic Output: 6thMost Advanced Public Education: 8thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 10thMost Efficient Economies: 12thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18thMost Patriotic: 22ndMost Subsidized Industry: 24thMost Secular: 35thMost Cultured: 40thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 44thLargest Agricultural Sector: 48thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 71stLargest Governments: 93rdMost Corrupt Governments: 105thMost Developed: 125thLongest Average Lifespans: 138thLowest Crime Rates: 170thMost Armed: 176thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 199thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 228thLargest Retail Industry: 246thLargest Mining Sector: 261stMost Stationary: 333rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 342ndLargest Publishing Industry: 371stHighest Food Quality: 377thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 521stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 587thHealthiest Citizens: 1,012thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,034thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1,575thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,614thLargest Populations: 1,819thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,758thTop
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Most Influential: 3,191stLargest Welfare Programs: 5,911thRudest Citizens: 8,768thMost Income Equality: 9,717thMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,162ndMost Authoritarian: 10,496thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,042ndTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 17,835thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,059th
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Most Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Patriotic: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionHighest Food Quality: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Income Equality: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5th in the regionTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 7th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, The Despot's iHouse is so intelligent that it manages its own social media accounts.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, wilderness-dwelling hermits are surprised to find railway stations on their front doorsteps.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, colonial citizens are forced to sing the praise of the "Great Despoticanian Liberator".
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, politicians look weirdly alike.
  • : Despoticania's influence in The Alliance of Dictators rose from "Dealmaker" to "Enforcer".
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, the nation's navy has been named the scourge of the seven thousand seas.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, hairdressers are forced to use all the tricks of the trade after citizens became required to wear helmets at all times.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, nerdy teenagers have to prove that they're made of the same stuff as their grandparents.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, sullen teenagers in bright orange 'community payback' onesies can be seen picking litter at the roadside.
  • : Following new legislation in Despoticania, weapons are only sold to foreign governments that are legitimate enough to not bounce the cheque.

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