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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 7th Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 31st Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 33rd
The Incorporated Entity of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Insufficient experience to get experience
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Harmonious Paperclips

Population19.566 billion

CapitalCubiclelyse City

AnimalWestern scrub jay

The Incorporated Entity of Harmonious Paperclips is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Viceroy with an iron fist, and renowned for its zero percent divorce rate, unlimited-speed roads, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 19.566 billion Harpapzens 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 juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cubiclelyse City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 75.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Harmonious Paperclipsian economy, worth an astonishing 12,063 trillion Bzytes a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Automobile Manufacturing, and Retail. Average income is a breathtaking 616,563 Bzytes, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,803,853 per year while the poor average 166,325, a ratio of 10.8 to 1.

Bands of paramedics walk the streets looking for suspicious medical activity, only 'organics' are permitted to be citizens, military equipment stores have a tendency to go up in flames, and the banshee wail foretells skies of death. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force. Harmonious Paperclips's national animal is the Western scrub jay, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Harmonious Paperclips is ranked 169th in the world and 5th in the South Pacific for Most Corrupt Governments, with 741.21 Kickbacks Per Hour.

Largest Manufacturing Sector: 7thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 31stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 33rdLargest Black Market: 60thLargest Information Technology Sector: 73rdMost Subsidized Industry: 85thHighest Average Incomes: 103rdMost Secular: 117thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 136thLowest Crime Rates: 141stMost Corrupt Governments: 169thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 174thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 175thHealthiest Citizens: 212thHighest Economic Output: 230thLargest Agricultural Sector: 325thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 345thMost Scientifically Advanced: 409thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 581stLargest Retail Industry: 655thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 697thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 766thLargest Governments: 793rdSmartest Citizens: 932ndLargest Mining Sector: 1,118thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,314thTop
Most Developed: 1,805thMost Efficient Economies: 1,913thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,209thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,869thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,126thMost Avoided: 3,161stMost Stationary: 3,161stRudest Citizens: 3,650thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,216thLargest Populations: 5,850thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,023rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6,204thTop
Most Influential: 9,438thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,504th
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Secular: 6th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 11th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 11th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13th in the regionLargest Governments: 15th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 17th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 19th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 21st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 22nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 24th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 27th in the regionLargest Populations: 51st in the regionMost Stationary: 54th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 57th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 58th in the regionMost Developed: 59th in the regionMost Avoided: 60th in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 93rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 105th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 109th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 161st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 248th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 269th in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 469th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 591st in the regionMost Influential: 608th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, the banshee wail foretells skies of death.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, military equipment stores have a tendency to go up in flames.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, only 'organics' are permitted to be citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, bands of paramedics walk the streets looking for suspicious medical activity.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, the arms industry is backed by government subsidies and harsh anti-protest laws are in place.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, all work and no play makes parties very dull.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, boot polish is the favourite lip gloss of entry-level corporate workers.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, devotion to God is only skin-deep.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, virtually all of the country's economic activity takes place in Cubiclelyse City.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, calling out of the blue has become taboo.


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