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Pope Joan

Population19.761 billion

CapitalPistis City
LeaderPope Joan


The Holy Empire of Pope Joan is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Pope Joan with a fair hand, and renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, public floggings, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 19.761 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, Administration, and Industry. 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 4,526 trillion souls a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Soda Sales industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an amazing 229,069 souls, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.2 times as much as the poorest.

Many friends and relatives of Pope Joan have been given ambassador jobs in tropical island nations, it's been a banner year for local vexillology, medical lawsuits are out of control, and witnesses have to run a gauntlet of mob enforcers to testify at trials. 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 170,755th in the world and 1,005th in Europeia for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -10.95 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Most Influential: 112thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 181stMost Armed: 259thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 315thHighest Crime Rates: 380thFattest Citizens: 393rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 557thLargest Gambling Industry: 577thMost Rebellious Youth: 578thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 744thMost Stationary: 841stRudest Citizens: 1,121stHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,321stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,380thHighest Economic Output: 1,401stLargest Retail Industry: 1,470thTop
Largest Black Market: 2,391stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2,842ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,968thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,227thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,284thHighest Average Incomes: 3,327thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,546thLargest Populations: 4,167thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,428thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,630thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,851stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5,277thLargest Mining Sector: 5,368thMost Avoided: 5,575thMost Cultured: 5,711thHighest Drug Use: 6,238thMost Inclusive: 8,017thTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 10,623rdSmartest Citizens: 10,783rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,957thLargest Insurance Industry: 11,960thNudest: 11,969thMost Politically Free: 13,653rdMost Beautiful Environments: 16,111thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 17,876th
Fattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 11th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 12th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 14th in the regionLargest Populations: 15th in the regionLargest Black Market: 17th in the regionMost Influential: 17th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 19th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 25th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 26th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 27th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 29th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 30th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 30th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 31st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 31st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 34th in the regionMost Avoided: 34th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 44th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 59th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 65th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 66th in the regionMost Politically Free: 70th in the regionNudest: 73rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 74th in the regionMost Cultured: 87th in the region

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