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Most Influential: 123rd Largest Soda Pop Sector: 163rd Most Armed: 238th
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The Holy Empire of Pope Joan is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Pope Joan with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and parental licensing program. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 18.12 billion Pope Joaners live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, liberal, outspoken government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Healthcare. 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 4,090 trillion souls a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Soda Sales industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Gambling, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 225,743 souls, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.7 times as much as the poorest.

All streets are privately owned toll roads, political candidates recite daily pledges of loyalty to their chosen party, teens are voting on which C-List pop star will be next to be evicted from the opera house, and there are six more weeks of winter if a northerner sees his shadow. 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 3,921st in the world and 30th in Europeia for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring 36,532.16 on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

Most Influential: 123rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 163rdMost Armed: 238thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 243rdFattest Citizens: 357thHighest Crime Rates: 382ndRudest Citizens: 410thLargest Gambling Industry: 628thMost Rebellious Youth: 641stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 664thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 676thMost Stationary: 920thLargest Retail Industry: 1,018thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,169thHighest Economic Output: 1,450thTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 1,774thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,848thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,919thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,927thHighest Average Incomes: 3,055thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,319thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,754thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,921stMost Avoided: 4,007thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,076thLargest Populations: 4,639thLargest Mining Sector: 4,710thLargest Black Market: 5,126thMost Devout: 5,702ndLargest Insurance Industry: 6,727thMost Politically Free: 7,775thMost Cultured: 7,793rdHighest Poor Incomes: 7,982ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,045thNudest: 8,100thTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 8,740thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 9,555thMost Inclusive: 10,212thSmartest Citizens: 10,390thHighest Drug Use: 13,749th
Most Stationary: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 11th in the regionMost Influential: 13th in the regionTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Populations: 15th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 23rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 23rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 26th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 26th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 30th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 30th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 33rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 36th in the regionMost Avoided: 36th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 39th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 45th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 47th in the regionMost Politically Free: 48th in the regionMost Devout: 50th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 55th in the regionNudest: 56th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 57th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 59th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 104th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 107th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 109th in the regionMost Cultured: 118th in the regionMost Extreme: 123rd in the region

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