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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

Overview People Government Economy Rank Trend

The Popsicle Pete Nation of Clench is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Joseph with an iron fist, and notable for its parental licensing program, punitive income tax rates, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 24.068 billion followers of Joseph 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 24,545 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 4th in the world and 1st in the Rejected Realms for Highest Average Incomes, with 1.02 million Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2ndLargest Insurance Industry: 3rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4thHighest Average Incomes: 4thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6thLargest Mining Sector: 6thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12thHighest Economic Output: 18thHighest Poor Incomes: 19thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 19thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 21stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 25thLargest Black Market: 30thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 36thMost Subsidized Industry: 48thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 49thMost Corrupt Governments: 49thLargest Agricultural Sector: 53rdLargest Governments: 82ndLargest Retail Industry: 96thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 118thMost Avoided: 123rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 125thFattest Citizens: 212thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 214thLowest Crime Rates: 230thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 244thMost Advanced Public Transport: 639thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 690thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,603rdTop
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Largest Populations: 2,076thMost Efficient Economies: 2,091stLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,144thRudest Citizens: 2,243rdMost Conservative: 2,448thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,107thTop
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Most Devout: 9,068thMost Authoritarian: 10,610thMost Extreme: 11,750thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,044thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,062ndSmartest Citizens: 15,003rd
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 15th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 28th in the regionLargest Populations: 33rd in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 39th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 41st in the regionRudest Citizens: 45th in the regionMost Conservative: 56th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 97th in the regionMost Devout: 173rd in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 195th in the regionMost Stationary: 217th in the regionMost Extreme: 237th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 239th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 258th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 266th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : 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.
  • : 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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