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Pope Joan

Population21.988 billion

CapitalPistis City
LeaderPope Joan


The Holy Empire of Pope Joan is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Pope Joan with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, deadly medical pandemics, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 21.988 billion Pope Joaners hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The tiny, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pistis City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Pope Joanian economy, worth a remarkable 5,085 trillion souls a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Soda Sales industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an amazing 231,296 souls, with the richest citizens earning 5.6 times as much as the poorest.

More than one company makes the board game Monopoly, the government mails weekly updates on the new anti-junk mail laws to every citizen, a burger chain recently changed its name to Mack Donaldz for legal reasons, and it is said that a Pope Joanian woman's work is never done. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Pope Joan's national animal is the tarepanda, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Pope Joan is ranked 30,300th in the world and 336th in Europeia for Most Eco-Friendly Governments, scoring 1,999.98 on the Dolphin Recycling Awareness Index.

Most Influential: 87thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 179thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 250thMost Armed: 266thHighest Crime Rates: 360thFattest Citizens: 409thLargest Gambling Industry: 493rdMost Rebellious Youth: 530thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 547thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 700thMost Stationary: 777thRudest Citizens: 962ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,223rdHighest Economic Output: 1,326thLargest Retail Industry: 1,648thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,891stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,905thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,989thLargest Black Market: 3,231stHighest Average Incomes: 3,580thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,729thLargest Populations: 3,930thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,848thMost Cultured: 5,081stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,326thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,509thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,666thLargest Mining Sector: 5,748thHighest Drug Use: 5,836thMost Inclusive: 5,879thMost Politically Free: 5,914thMost Avoided: 7,248thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,953rdTop
Nudest: 8,798thLargest Agricultural Sector: 9,828thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,268thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,283rdMost Beautiful Environments: 11,375thLargest Insurance Industry: 11,466thSmartest Citizens: 11,957thMost Efficient Economies: 14,610th
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 8th in the regionTop
Rudest Citizens: 11th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 13th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 13th in the regionMost Politically Free: 13th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 14th in the regionLargest Populations: 14th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 16th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 17th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 17th in the regionMost Influential: 17th in the regionLargest Black Market: 23rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 27th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 27th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 28th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 28th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 29th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 30th in the regionMost Avoided: 32nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 38th in the regionTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 61st in the regionNudest: 64th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 70th in the regionMost Cultured: 78th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 82nd in the region

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