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The Democratic States of Josephtan

“Freedom of Expression, Democracy, Unity, and Compromise”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Auxiliary

Location: New Western Empire



Population9.25 billion

LeaderPresident Supreme Clitus Heraclius


The Democratic States of Josephtan is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by President Supreme Clitus Heraclius with a fair hand, and renowned for its compulsory military service, frequent executions, and complete lack of prisons. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 9.25 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 95.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Josephtanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,082 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 117,070 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 5,147th in the world and 19th in New Western Empire for Most Developed, scoring 93.87 on the Human Development Index.

Most Influential: 897thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,530thBest Weather: 1,875thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,049thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,077thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,249thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,485thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,829thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,084thNicest Citizens: 3,477thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,580thSafest: 3,594thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,660thHealthiest Citizens: 3,714thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,984thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,058thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,369thMost Developed: 5,147thLowest Crime Rates: 6,156thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,486thMost Cultured: 7,323rdLargest Governments: 7,554thSmartest Citizens: 8,126thMost Pacifist: 8,467thMost Inclusive: 9,933rdHighest Poor Incomes: 11,778thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,733rdHighest Economic Output: 16,999thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,486thMost Efficient Economies: 19,996thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 21,248thMost Valuable International Artwork: 21,793rdMost Income Equality: 22,712thMost Scientifically Advanced: 23,128thLargest Publishing Industry: 23,807th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 7th in the regionSafest: 7th in the regionNicest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 10th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 10th in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 11th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 12th in the regionMost Income Equality: 13th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 14th in the regionMost Developed: 19th in the regionMost Pacifist: 19th in the region

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