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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, orderly nation, ruled by Joseph with an iron fist, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, suspicion of poets, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 23.87 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, with Industry and Healthcare also on the agenda, 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 98.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Josephic economy, worth an astonishing 24,343 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 47th in the world and 1st in the Rejected Realms for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 20,739.56 on the Mozzarella Productivity 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: 12thHighest Poor Incomes: 17thHighest Economic Output: 19thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 20thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 20thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 23rdLargest Black Market: 28thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 38thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 47thLargest Agricultural Sector: 49thMost Subsidized Industry: 49thMost Corrupt Governments: 49thLargest Governments: 80thLargest Retail Industry: 92ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 116thMost Avoided: 122ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 132ndFattest Citizens: 213thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 215thLowest Crime Rates: 227thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 244thMost Advanced Public Transport: 657thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 695thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,633rdTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1,931stLargest Populations: 2,066thMost Efficient Economies: 2,099thRudest Citizens: 2,186thMost Conservative: 2,518thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,795thTop
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Most Devout: 8,846thMost Authoritarian: 10,363rdMost Extreme: 11,806thLargest Publishing Industry: 12,740thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,980thSmartest Citizens: 14,689th
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Highest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 14th in the regionLargest Populations: 28th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 28th in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 36th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 44th in the regionRudest Citizens: 54th in the regionMost Conservative: 67th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 85th in the regionTop
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Most Devout: 174th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 190th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 226th in the regionMost Stationary: 233rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 252nd in the regionMost Extreme: 287th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 296th in the region

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