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Most Armed: 8,830thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 10,585thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,219th
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The Joplin Spider

Population881 million


The Fall of The Joplin Spider is a huge, efficient nation, remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, compulsory gun ownership, and suspicion of poets. The compassionate, hard-working, cynical population of 881 million Joplin Spiderians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Law & Order. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 21.5%.

The thriving Joplin Spiderian economy, worth 75.0 trillion gorillazzes a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Basket Weaving, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 85,154 gorillazzes, with the richest citizens earning 5.8 times as much as the poorest.

A PhD just ain't what it used to be, polygamy is legal, councils up and down the country wrangle over legal matters, and Leader has just been declared ruler of The Joplin Spider in an international press conference. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Joplin Spider's national animal is the gorilla, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Joplin Spider is ranked 106,134th in the world and 3rd in A Stranger in Olondria for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 1,184.97 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Most Armed: 8,830thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 10,585thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,219thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 12,769thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13,632ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 17,745thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18,295thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 20,070thNicest Citizens: 23,427th

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