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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

Population35.308 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 renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, prohibition of alcohol, and zero percent divorce rate. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 35.308 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 aren't funded at all. 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 36,838 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 269,616th in the world and 11,109th in the Rejected Realms for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -753.98 on the Hayek Index.

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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5thLargest Insurance Industry: 6thLargest Black Market: 6thHighest Average Incomes: 9thLargest Mining Sector: 9thHighest Economic Output: 12thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 14thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 19thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 21stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 27thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 27thLargest Agricultural Sector: 28thMost Patriotic: 46thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 50thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 91stMost Corrupt Governments: 166thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 173rdMost Subsidized Industry: 182ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 186thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 191stLargest Governments: 199thMost Efficient Economies: 226thMost Avoided: 237thFattest Citizens: 309thMost Advanced Public Transport: 396thLowest Crime Rates: 425thLargest Retail Industry: 915thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,265thLargest Populations: 1,657thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,763rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,340thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 4,468thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,516thRudest Citizens: 6,046thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 6,455thMost Stationary: 6,542ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,709thMost Devout: 7,885thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 15,621stMost Advanced Public Education: 15,800thSmartest Citizens: 17,236thMost Valuable International Artwork: 17,843rdMost Conservative: 19,449thMost Influential: 22,349thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 23,701stMost Authoritarian: 26,675th
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Highest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Patriotic: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 10th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 11th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 12th in the regionLargest Governments: 13th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 16th in the regionMost Avoided: 17th in the regionFattest Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 21st in the regionLargest Populations: 36th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 36th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 47th in the regionMost Stationary: 48th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 57th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 76th in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 117th in the regionMost Devout: 130th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 153rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 186th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 202nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 325th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 334th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 379th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 392nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 441st in the regionMost Influential: 469th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 530th in the regionTop
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Most Developed: 616th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 679th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 859th in the regionMost Conservative: 931st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Clench was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Authoritarian.
  • : Clench was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • : Following new legislation in Clench, directors of low-budget sci-fi films are flocking to use Joseph City as a backdrop.
  • : Following new legislation in Clench, punk rockers smash it up and then clean it up.
  • : Following new legislation in Clench, industry tycoons rarely hide their misdeeds due to the government's habit of bailing them out.
  • : Following new legislation in Clench, an increasing number of citizens believe the world is flat.
  • : Clench was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • : Clench was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • : Clench was struck by a Mk II (Sterilizer) Cure Missile from The Armed Republic of Garmi, curing 43 million infected.
  • : Clench was struck by a Mk II (Sterilizer) Cure Missile from The Armed Republic of Garmi, curing 36 million infected.

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