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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd Largest Insurance Industry: 3rd Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th
The Popsicle Pete Nation of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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The Popsicle Pete Nation of Clench is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Joseph with an iron fist, and remarkable for its public floggings, triple-decker prams, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 25.485 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, with Industry and Healthcare also on the agenda, 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 98.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Josephic economy, worth an astonishing 25,990 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 1,019,849 monies, with the richest citizens earning 5.5 times as much as the poorest.

Strange looking men with big red noses are found hiding behind bushes and inside dustbins, police drones follow every suspected Peeping Tom, school uniforms are compulsory, and the police use sound cannons and mortars to deal with loud parties. 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 140th in the world and 4th in the Rejected Realms for Most Avoided, scoring 3,435.29 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2ndLargest Insurance Industry: 3rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4thHighest Average Incomes: 5thLargest Mining Sector: 6thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7thHighest Economic Output: 17thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 20thHighest Poor Incomes: 24thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 26thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 29thLargest Black Market: 35thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 38thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 47thMost Subsidized Industry: 64thLargest Agricultural Sector: 65thMost Corrupt Governments: 72ndLargest Governments: 94thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 130thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 135thMost Avoided: 140thLargest Retail Industry: 173rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 196thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 222ndFattest Citizens: 238thLowest Crime Rates: 258thMost Advanced Public Transport: 625thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 798thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,539thTop
Largest Populations: 1,956thMost Efficient Economies: 2,051stMost Conservative: 2,948thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,046thRudest Citizens: 3,232ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,026thTop
Most Devout: 9,508thMost Authoritarian: 12,384thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,257thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,274thMost Extreme: 13,989thMost Stationary: 14,208thSmartest Citizens: 15,825th
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 8th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 12th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 29th in the regionLargest Populations: 34th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 47th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 61st in the regionRudest Citizens: 87th in the regionMost Conservative: 101st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 128th in the regionMost Stationary: 139th in the regionMost Devout: 194th in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 221st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 249th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 287th in the regionMost Extreme: 300th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 305th in the region

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