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The Little Brotherhood of The Real Matrix

“Guns. Lots of guns.”

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: The Axis of Evil

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The Real Matrix

Population39.575 billion

CapitalJoseph City
LeaderJoseph
FaithJosephism

Currencymoney
Animalviper

The Little Brotherhood of The Real Matrix is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Joseph with an iron fist, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, free-roaming dinosaurs, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 39.575 billion followers of Joseph are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

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 39,463 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. Average income is a breathtaking 997,177 monies, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,522,450 per year while the poor average 90,622, a ratio of 60.9 to 1.

Gossip magazines are more interested in astrological stars than celebrity ones, the word 'elite' appears as a synonym for various insults in the Josephic Colonial Thesaurus, military minds worry that 'the blue screen of death' on brand new operating systems may be a literal description, and no personal detail is too tiny for the suede-denim census police. 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 72,246th in the world and 9th in The Axis of Evil for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 3,418.43 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 2ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8thLargest Black Market: 10thLargest Mining Sector: 12thHighest Average Incomes: 15thHighest Economic Output: 15thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 28thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 33rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 33rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 33rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 33rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 40thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 55thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 83rdMost Patriotic: 111thMost Corrupt Governments: 200thLargest Governments: 214thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 228thMost Efficient Economies: 233rdMost Subsidized Industry: 262ndMost Avoided: 282ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 312thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 329thLowest Crime Rates: 451stMost Advanced Public Transport: 507thFattest Citizens: 560thLargest Retail Industry: 727thMost Primitive: 1,002ndLargest Populations: 1,485thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,713thMost Stationary: 1,745thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,249thTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 3,882ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,592ndRudest Citizens: 5,982ndMost Influential: 11,175thTop
10%
Most Valuable International Artwork: 15,396thLargest Publishing Industry: 18,557thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19,800thHighest Poor Incomes: 20,280thMost Scientifically Advanced: 22,153rdLongest Average Lifespans: 23,167thMost Conservative: 23,569thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 29,038th
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Largest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionTop
10%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Patriotic: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed and Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : The Real Matrix was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed.

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