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Most Influential: 955thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,587thBest Weather: 1,892nd
The Democratic States of
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Population9.074 billion

LeaderPresident Supreme Clitus Heraclius


The Democratic States of Josephtan is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by President Supreme Clitus Heraclius with a fair hand, and notable for its compulsory military service, frequent executions, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 9.074 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 95.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Josephtanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,064 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 117,261 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 89,494th in the world and 124th in New Western Empire for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 135,489 Standard Monetary Units.

Most Influential: 955thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,587thBest Weather: 1,892ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,053rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,091stMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,294thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,367thTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 2,856thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,103rdNicest Citizens: 3,473rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,560thSafest: 3,575thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,689thHealthiest Citizens: 3,723rdLongest Average Lifespans: 3,997thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,075thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,392ndMost Developed: 5,140thLowest Crime Rates: 6,152ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,580thMost Cultured: 7,376thLargest Governments: 7,529thSmartest Citizens: 8,126thMost Pacifist: 8,549thMost Inclusive: 9,957thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,857thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,754thHighest Economic Output: 17,248thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,473rdMost Efficient Economies: 19,944thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 21,087thMost Valuable International Artwork: 21,198thLargest Publishing Industry: 22,785thMost Income Equality: 22,843rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 23,112th
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: 6th in the regionBest Weather: 7th in the regionSafest: 8th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9th in the regionNicest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 9th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 11th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 13th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 13th in the regionMost Income Equality: 15th in the regionMost Pacifist: 18th in the regionMost Developed: 19th in the region

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