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Pope Joan

Population19.378 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 public floggings, sprawling nuclear power plants, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 19.378 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 4,339 trillion souls a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Soda Sales industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Gambling, and Retail. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an amazing 223,953 souls, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.6 times as much as the poorest.

It's always rabbit season, the government has organised a nationwide cull of infected tarepandas, the Smalltopian embassy doubles as an electoral campaign headquarters, and violently opinionated speakers can be heard preaching their hateful views on every street corner. 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 is also the nation's favorite main course.

Pope Joan is ranked 5,336th in the world and 30th in Europeia for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 7,860.86 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Most Influential: 114thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 198thMost Armed: 250thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 264thHighest Crime Rates: 387thFattest Citizens: 393rdMost Rebellious Youth: 592ndLargest Gambling Industry: 639thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 640thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 752ndRudest Citizens: 810thMost Stationary: 852ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,356thHighest Economic Output: 1,453rdLargest Retail Industry: 1,553rdTop
Largest Black Market: 3,160thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,320thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,321stLargest Publishing Industry: 3,429thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,523rdHighest Average Incomes: 3,525thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,637thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,749thLargest Populations: 4,194thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,426thLargest Mining Sector: 5,301stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5,336thMost Avoided: 5,423rdHighest Drug Use: 5,799thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,898thMost Cultured: 6,093rdTop
Most Inclusive: 8,825thNudest: 8,908thSmartest Citizens: 10,489thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10,682ndMost Politically Free: 13,138thLargest Insurance Industry: 16,529th
Most Stationary: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 9th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 13th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 14th in the regionLargest Populations: 16th in the regionMost Influential: 17th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 19th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 19th in the regionLargest Black Market: 21st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 26th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 27th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 30th in the regionMost Avoided: 32nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 33rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 33rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 33rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 33rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 40th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 44th in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 63rd in the regionNudest: 64th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 70th in the regionMost Politically Free: 71st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 78th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 90th in the regionMost Cultured: 90th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 97th in the region

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