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The State-Mandated Utopia of Tobelade

“Get off my property.” Tobias

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Confederation of Corrupt Dictators



Population21.342 billion

CapitalGlorious Tobias Utopialand

AnimalGreat Plains Radscorpion

The State-Mandated Utopia of Tobelade is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Tobias with an iron fist, and renowned for its ban on automobiles, strictly enforced bedtime, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 21.342 billion Tobeladians 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 tiny, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, with Industry and Spirituality also on the agenda, while Environment and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Glorious Tobias Utopialand. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Tobeladian economy, worth a remarkable 7,562 trillion Caps a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Uranium Mining, and Information Technology. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an amazing 354,350 Caps, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,926,670 per year while the poor average 8,814, a ratio of 332 to 1.

Education for the poor is learning to ask "do you want fries with that?", grinning punters say that casino roulette is the greatest high that life has to offer, no one knows how to tie a reef knot, and good-looking doctors are obliged by law to give foot rubs to Tobias. 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. Tobelade's national animal is the Great Plains Radscorpion, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Tobism.

Tobelade is ranked 10,157th in the world and 55th in Confederation of Corrupt Dictators for Largest Information Technology Sector, scoring 26,518.1 on the Fann-Boi Productivity Index.

Highest Wealthy Incomes: 211thLargest Gambling Industry: 338thHighest Disposable Incomes: 397thLargest Insurance Industry: 440thMost Avoided: 496thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 568thFattest Citizens: 737thMost Corrupt Governments: 753rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 761stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 784thLargest Mining Sector: 794thHighest Economic Output: 807thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 894thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 955thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,089thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,108thHighest Average Incomes: 1,162ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,173rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,433rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,587thMost Armed: 1,629thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,858thTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 2,339thLargest Retail Industry: 2,948thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3,362ndMost Devout: 3,485thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,685thMost Efficient Economies: 3,866thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,265thMost Ignorant Citizens: 4,791stLargest Populations: 5,609thLargest Governments: 5,653rdLargest Black Market: 5,656thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,157thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 13,180thMost Conservative: 17,353rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,327thMost Subsidized Industry: 21,636thRudest Citizens: 22,157th
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 4th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionMost Avoided: 6th in the regionFattest Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 12th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 12th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 12th in the regionMost Armed: 12th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 13th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16th in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 19th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 22nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 25th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 25th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 30th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 31st in the regionMost Devout: 32nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 33rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 34th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Tobelade was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Tobelade was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Tobelade was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Tobelade was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Agricultural Sector.
  • : Tobelade was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector and the Top 10% for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Tobelade was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces and the Top 10% for Most Extensive Civil Rights.
  • : Tobelade's influence in Confederation of Corrupt Dictators rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Tobelade was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : Tobelade was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Tobelade was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.


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