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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!
Regional Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Popsicle Pete Nation of Clench is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Joseph with an iron fist, and renowned for its frequent executions, pith helmet sales, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 24.798 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 25,290 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 2,040th in the world and 38th in the Rejected Realms for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 100 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2ndLargest Insurance Industry: 3rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4thHighest Average Incomes: 5thLargest Mining Sector: 6thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14thHighest Economic Output: 17thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 19thHighest Poor Incomes: 23rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 23rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 26thLargest Black Market: 33rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 39thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 50thMost Corrupt Governments: 57thMost Subsidized Industry: 59thLargest Agricultural Sector: 60thLargest Governments: 83rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 124thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 129thLargest Retail Industry: 132ndMost Avoided: 140thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 200thFattest Citizens: 225thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 226thLowest Crime Rates: 248thMost Advanced Public Transport: 633rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 728thTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 1,551stLargest Populations: 2,019thMost Efficient Economies: 2,040thMost Conservative: 2,320thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,640thRudest Citizens: 2,690thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,651stTop
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Most Devout: 8,394thMost Authoritarian: 9,092ndMost Extreme: 11,004thLargest Publishing Industry: 12,932ndMost Advanced Public Education: 13,057th
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 12th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 23rd in the regionLargest Populations: 30th in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 38th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 49th in the regionRudest Citizens: 54th in the regionMost Conservative: 58th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 108th in the regionMost Devout: 146th in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 187th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 203rd in the regionMost Extreme: 227th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 228th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 243rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 258th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : 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.
  • : 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.
  • : Clench was cleansed by a Tactical Zombie Elimination Squad from The Empire of Taskeyya, killing 20 million zombies.

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