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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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Clench

Population39.179 billion

CapitalJoseph City
LeaderJoseph
FaithJosephism

Currencymoney
Animalviper

The Popsicle Pete Nation of Clench is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Joseph with an iron fist, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, triple-decker prams, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 39.179 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 receive no funds. 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 40,877 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 302,705th in the world and 7,309th in the Rejected Realms for Most Inclusive, scoring 4.89 on the Mandela-Wollstonecraft Non-Discrimination Index.

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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rdLargest Insurance Industry: 6thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6thLargest Black Market: 7thLargest Mining Sector: 8thHighest Average Incomes: 9thHighest Economic Output: 10thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 18thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 20thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 22ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 23rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 35thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 46thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 50thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 100thMost Patriotic: 126thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 163rdMost Corrupt Governments: 203rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 216thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 217thLargest Governments: 229thMost Subsidized Industry: 286thMost Avoided: 293rdMost Efficient Economies: 329thMost Advanced Public Transport: 351stFattest Citizens: 372ndLowest Crime Rates: 479thLargest Retail Industry: 1,183rdLargest Populations: 1,561stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,752ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,027thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,464thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 5,066thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,528thMost Stationary: 5,591stRudest Citizens: 6,767thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,969thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,122ndMost Devout: 15,009thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 17,933rdSmartest Citizens: 17,958thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,985thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20,242ndMost Conservative: 21,103rdMost Influential: 21,190th
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Patriotic: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 13th in the regionLargest Governments: 14th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 17th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 18th in the regionMost Avoided: 20th in the regionFattest Citizens: 23rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 24th in the regionLargest Populations: 37th in the regionMost Stationary: 40th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 52nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 56th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 66th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 73rd in the regionTop
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 133rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 140th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 159th in the regionRudest Citizens: 184th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 187th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 389th in the regionMost Devout: 390th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 423rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 427th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 483rd in the regionMost Influential: 544th in the regionMost Conservative: 634th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 652nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Clench was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Devout.
  • : Clench was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Devout.
  • : Clench was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Devout.
  • : Clench was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Devout.
  • : Clench was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Survivors.
  • : Clench was ravaged by a Zombie Thing Horde from The Toxic Hellscape of Trash Heap, infecting 187 million survivors and converting to a zombie exporter! Oh no!
  • : Clench was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Authoritarian.
  • : Clench was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Authoritarian.
  • : Clench was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Authoritarian.
  • : Clench was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.

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