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Most Secular: 3,991stMost Influential: 4,696thLargest Retail Industry: 6,052nd
The Sultanate of
Iron Fist Consumerists
World Assembly of Clowns
Influence
Truckler
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Joanista

Population635 million

CapitalBellarabiya

Currencykoronas
AnimalLion

The Sultanate of Joanista is a huge, orderly nation, renowned for its deadly medical pandemics, disturbing lack of elderly people, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 635 million Joanistans 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Education, and Industry are also considered important, while Spirituality and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bellarabiya. The average income tax rate is 42.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Joanistan economy, worth 84.4 trillion koronas a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is an impressive 132,968 koronas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

The nation has welcomed its expats back with open arms, the military is plagued with unethical researchers, prank shows are so hot right now, and X-Files ratings have hit an all-time low. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Joanista's national animal is the Lion, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Joanista is ranked 11,979th in the world and 3rd in Byzantine Christendom for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring 28,023.57 on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

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Most Secular: 3,991stMost Influential: 4,696thLargest Retail Industry: 6,052ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7,085thHighest Disposable Incomes: 11,905thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,979thTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 12,988thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,581stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 13,717thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,092ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,665thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,828thMost Patriotic: 18,001stHighest Poor Incomes: 18,626thMost Scientifically Advanced: 19,770thHighest Average Incomes: 20,646thMost Cultured: 21,371stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 24,125thMost Efficient Economies: 25,065th
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Largest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Joanista's influence in Byzantine Christendom rose from "Vassal" to "Truckler".
  • : Joanista's influence in Byzantine Christendom rose from "Apprentice" to "Vassal".
  • : Joanista's influence in Byzantine Christendom rose from "Squire" to "Apprentice".
  • : Joanista's influence in Byzantine Christendom rose from "Page" to "Squire".
  • : Joanista was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Joanista, X-Files ratings have hit an all-time low.
  • : Following new legislation in Joanista, prank shows are so hot right now.
  • : Joanista resigned from the World Assembly.
  • : Following new legislation in Joanista, the military is plagued with unethical researchers.
  • : Following new legislation in Joanista, the nation has welcomed its expats back with open arms.

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