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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6thLargest Insurance Industry: 6th
The Popsicle Pete Nation of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population36.825 billion

CapitalJoseph City


The Popsicle Pete Nation of Clench is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Joseph with an iron fist, and renowned for its aversion to nipples, flagrant waste-dumping, and parental licensing program. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 36.825 billion follower of Josephs are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with 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 98.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Josephic economy, worth an astonishing 38,421 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 1,043,352 monies, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,748,317 per year while the poor average 140,151, a ratio of 33.9 to 1.

An increasing number of citizens believe the world is flat, industry tycoons rarely hide their misdeeds due to the government's habit of bailing them out, punk rockers smash it up and then clean it up, and directors of low-budget sci-fi films are flocking to use Joseph City as a backdrop. 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. Clench's national animal is the viper, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Josephism.

Clench is ranked 53rd in the world and 4th in the Rejected Realms for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 4.75 million Standard Monetary Units.

Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6thLargest Insurance Industry: 6thLargest Black Market: 7thHighest Average Incomes: 8thLargest Mining Sector: 9thHighest Economic Output: 12thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 15thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 19thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 22ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 26thLargest Agricultural Sector: 27thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 34thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 53rdMost Patriotic: 74thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 94thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 164thMost Corrupt Governments: 167thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 187thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 192ndLargest Governments: 206thMost Subsidized Industry: 213thMost Efficient Economies: 248thMost Avoided: 252ndFattest Citizens: 340thMost Advanced Public Transport: 368thLowest Crime Rates: 433rdLargest Retail Industry: 1,023rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,336thLargest Populations: 1,625thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,736thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,320thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 4,662ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,920thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,100thMost Stationary: 6,108thRudest Citizens: 6,658thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7,465thMost Devout: 10,314thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 16,005thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,403rdSmartest Citizens: 17,488thMost Influential: 22,511thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 22,712thMost Conservative: 23,971stMost Valuable International Artwork: 28,509th
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Patriotic: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 10th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11th in the regionLargest Governments: 11th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 11th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 18th in the regionMost Avoided: 18th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 18th in the regionFattest Citizens: 19th in the regionLargest Populations: 38th in the regionMost Stationary: 43rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 43rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 49th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 59th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 76th in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 134th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 161st in the regionMost Devout: 173rd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 186th in the regionRudest Citizens: 196th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 201st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 353rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 379th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 391st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 408th in the regionMost Influential: 447th in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 499th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 505th in the regionMost Developed: 729th in the regionMost Conservative: 879th in the region

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