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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rdLargest Insurance Industry: 3rdLargest Black Market: 5th
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

Population31.832 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 enslaved workforce, pith helmet sales, and triple-decker prams. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 31.832 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 98.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Josephic economy, worth an astonishing 32,886 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 1,033,116 monies, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,983,402 per year while the poor average 283,835, a ratio of 10.5 to 1.

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 227,177th in the world and 6,532nd in the Rejected Realms for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -733.73 on the Hayek Index.

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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rdLargest Insurance Industry: 3rdLargest Black Market: 5thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5thLargest Mining Sector: 9thHighest Average Incomes: 9thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 15thHighest Economic Output: 15thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 18thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 19thLargest Agricultural Sector: 21stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 29thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 89thMost Subsidized Industry: 121stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 130thMost Avoided: 144thMost Corrupt Governments: 160thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 164thLargest Governments: 173rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 180thMost Efficient Economies: 192ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 202ndFattest Citizens: 306thLowest Crime Rates: 365thHighest Poor Incomes: 414thMost Advanced Public Transport: 443rdLargest Retail Industry: 709thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 912thLargest Populations: 1,754thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,767thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,028thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 4,547thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,212thRudest Citizens: 5,986thMost Stationary: 7,837thMost Conservative: 9,861stTop
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Most Devout: 13,057thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,944thMost Advanced Public Education: 15,763rdMost Developed: 17,374thSmartest Citizens: 17,619thMost Authoritarian: 18,967thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 22,546th
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Avoided: 11th in the regionLargest Governments: 11th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 11th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 12th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 12th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 19th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 19th in the regionFattest Citizens: 21st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 27th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 31st in the regionLargest Populations: 34th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 52nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 54th in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 72nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 115th in the regionRudest Citizens: 148th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 202nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 269th in the regionTop
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Most Developed: 353rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 367th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 379th in the regionMost Devout: 390th in the regionMost Influential: 426th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 511th in the regionMost Conservative: 535th in the regionMost Extreme: 616th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Clench was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : 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 Devout.
  • : Clench was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Clench was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Civil Rights.
  • : Clench was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Clench was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced and Highest Average Tax Rates, the Top 5% for Most Stationary, and the Top 10% for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Clench was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Clench was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Clench was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Efficient Economies, the Top 5% for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, and the Top 10% for Most Developed.

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