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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 remarkable for its aversion to nipples, triple-decker prams, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 24.444 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 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 24,929 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 13,363rd in the world and 196th in the Rejected Realms for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 9,634.57 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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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: 12thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 17thHighest Economic Output: 17thHighest Poor Incomes: 20thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 23rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 23rdLargest Black Market: 27thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 38thMost Subsidized Industry: 52ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 53rdMost Corrupt Governments: 55thLargest Agricultural Sector: 56thLargest Governments: 81stLargest Retail Industry: 113thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 120thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 126thMost Avoided: 131stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 202ndFattest Citizens: 225thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 236thLowest Crime Rates: 240thMost Advanced Public Transport: 622ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 719thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,576thTop
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Largest Populations: 2,032ndMost Efficient Economies: 2,065thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,413thMost Conservative: 2,496thRudest Citizens: 2,502ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,477thTop
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Most Devout: 9,145thMost Authoritarian: 11,334thMost Extreme: 12,568thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,121stLargest Publishing Industry: 13,363rdSmartest Citizens: 15,379thMost Stationary: 17,022nd
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 13th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 26th in the regionLargest Populations: 29th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 36th in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 48th in the regionRudest Citizens: 50th in the regionMost Conservative: 60th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 112th in the regionMost Devout: 164th in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 196th in the regionMost Stationary: 200th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 225th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 259th in the regionMost Extreme: 287th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 297th 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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