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Most Influential: 89th Largest Soda Pop Sector: 178th Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 267th
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Pope Joan

Population22.183 billion

CapitalPistis City
LeaderPope Joan


The Holy Empire of Pope Joan is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Pope Joan with a fair hand, and renowned for its smutty television, public floggings, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 22.183 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, liberal, 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 5,143 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 231,860 souls, with the richest citizens earning 5.5 times as much as the poorest.

Foreign nations often blame poverty and terrorism on Pope Joanian selfishness, polygraphs are relegated to the dungeon exhibit in castle museums, legislators must raise their hands if they want to speak, and Pope Joanian housewives become unusually flustered when thinking about Pope Joan. 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 5,924th in the world and 32nd in Europeia for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 9,882.84 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Most Influential: 89thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 178thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 267thMost Armed: 276thHighest Crime Rates: 373rdFattest Citizens: 413thLargest Gambling Industry: 514thMost Rebellious Youth: 536thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 553rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 678thMost Stationary: 775thRudest Citizens: 965thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,208thHighest Economic Output: 1,343rdTop
Largest Retail Industry: 1,755thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,934thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2,003rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,012thLargest Black Market: 3,317thHighest Average Incomes: 3,597thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,764thLargest Populations: 3,906thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,942ndMost Cultured: 4,782ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,471stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,539thHighest Drug Use: 5,646thMost Inclusive: 5,670thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,740thMost Politically Free: 5,829thLargest Mining Sector: 5,924thMost Avoided: 7,403rdLargest Publishing Industry: 7,407thTop
Nudest: 8,867thLargest Agricultural Sector: 10,206thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,158thSmartest Citizens: 11,423rdMost Beautiful Environments: 11,475thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,178thLargest Insurance Industry: 12,358thMost Efficient Economies: 14,912th
Most Stationary: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 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 regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 8th in the regionTop
Rudest Citizens: 12th in the regionMost Politically Free: 13th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 13th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 14th in the regionLargest Populations: 14th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 14th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 17th in the regionMost Influential: 18th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 19th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 21st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 23rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 24th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 26th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 29th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 30th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 30th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 32nd in the regionMost Avoided: 35th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 39th in the regionTop
Nudest: 55th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 71st in the regionMost Cultured: 72nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 81st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 85th in the regionMost Inclusive: 92nd in the region

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