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The Republic of Joseph World

“Open, tolerant, and free!” President Tod

Category: Anarchy
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Regional Influence: Unproven

Location: Osiris


Joseph World

Population9.707 billion

LeaderPresident Tod


The Republic of Joseph World is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by President Tod with a fair hand, and notable for its pith helmet sales, smutty television, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 9.707 billion Josiphians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The large, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Skyhall. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 90.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Joseph Worldian economy, worth a remarkable 1,433 trillion Gils a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 147,710 Gils, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 490,819 per year while the poor average 33,151, a ratio of 14.8 to 1.

The government loves seeing the little people fight, Joseph Worldian novella fans become unusually flustered when thinking about President Tod, construction workers evacuate work sites after finding sharp rocks on the ground, and claiming that "my cousin said it was legal" is a common courtroom defense. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Joseph World's national animal is the Quagsium, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Joseph World is ranked 5,193rd in the world and 222nd in Osiris for Most Developed, scoring 93.46 on the Human Development Index.

Most Inclusive: 1,210thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,391stNicest Citizens: 1,482ndMost Rebellious Youth: 1,543rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,582ndHighest Drug Use: 1,847thTop
Most Cultured: 2,727thMost Pacifist: 3,125thRudest Citizens: 3,275thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,724thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,996thBest Weather: 4,053rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,447thHealthiest Citizens: 4,738thMost Developed: 5,193rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,391stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,793rdSmartest Citizens: 6,025thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,068thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,376thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,810thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,190thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,204thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,679thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,816thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,206thNudest: 8,852ndLargest Governments: 8,881stLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,997thLargest Retail Industry: 9,920thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,280thTop
Highest Economic Output: 11,164thMost Secular: 11,519thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 12,975thHighest Average Incomes: 13,989thMost Efficient Economies: 15,466thSafest: 16,260thLargest Information Technology Sector: 17,612th
Most Inclusive: 22nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 25th in the regionNicest Citizens: 44th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 46th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 50th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 61st in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 102nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 115th in the regionMost Pacifist: 137th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 159th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 167th in the regionBest Weather: 186th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 187th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 212th in the regionMost Developed: 222nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 232nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 232nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 243rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 247th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 264th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 303rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 305th in the regionNudest: 339th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 354th in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 395th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 397th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 401st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 450th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 469th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 476th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 479th in the regionLargest Governments: 482nd in the regionMost Secular: 510th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 523rd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 567th in the regionMost Extreme: 685th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 733rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 735th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Joseph World's influence in Osiris rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Joseph World was refounded in Osiris.
  • : Joseph World ceased to exist in Balder.
  • : Joseph World was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Secular.
  • : Joseph World's influence in Balder rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Joseph World was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Extensive Civil Rights.
  • : Joseph World was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pro-Market.
  • : Joseph World was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Joseph World was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Secular.
  • : Joseph World was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.


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