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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
NONE OF YOU ARE SAFE!
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Popsicle Pete Nation of Clench is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Joseph with an iron fist, and notable for its deadly medical pandemics, enslaved workforce, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 25.139 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 are ignored. 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 25,638 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 169,665th in the world and 3,347th in the Rejected Realms for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -64.34 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2ndLargest Insurance Industry: 3rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4thHighest Average Incomes: 5thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6thLargest Mining Sector: 6thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14thHighest Economic Output: 17thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 18thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 26thHighest Poor Incomes: 27thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 28thLargest Black Market: 35thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 36thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 51stMost Subsidized Industry: 60thMost Corrupt Governments: 62ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 65thLargest Governments: 88thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 130thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 133rdMost Avoided: 142ndLargest Retail Industry: 149thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 198thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 219thFattest Citizens: 232ndLowest Crime Rates: 249thMost Advanced Public Transport: 618thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 731stHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,530thTop
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Largest Populations: 1,990thMost Efficient Economies: 2,001stMost Conservative: 2,664thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,867thRudest Citizens: 2,914thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,864thTop
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Most Devout: 8,734thMost Authoritarian: 10,787thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,060thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,119thMost Extreme: 13,278thMost Stationary: 14,883rdSmartest Citizens: 15,686th
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 12th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 27th in the regionLargest Populations: 32nd in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 39th in the regionMost Conservative: 49th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 52nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 61st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 113th in the regionMost Stationary: 151st in the regionMost Devout: 153rd in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 195th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 224th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 245th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 252nd in the regionMost Extreme: 295th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Clench was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Clench was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Clench was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Clench was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Clench was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Clench was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Clench's influence in The Rejected Realms rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Clench's influence in The Rejected Realms fell from "Shoeshiner" to "Sprat".
  • : Clench was cleansed by a Tactical Zombie Elimination Squad from The brothers of ragnarok, killing 1 million zombies.
  • : Clench was cleansed by a Tactical Zombie Elimination Squad from The brothers of ragnarok, killing 1 million zombies.

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