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Most Ignorant Citizens: 229thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 277thMost Devout: 368th
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The Free Joy State

Population10.851 billion

CapitalGrand Central City
LeaderExalted Holiness
FaithThe True Church of the Exalted Holiness

CurrencySweeting
AnimalDove

The Petrifying Procrastinations of The Free Joy State is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Exalted Holiness with an iron fist, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, ritual sacrifices, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 10.851 billion Free Joyers are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Spirituality, Industry, and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Grand Central City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 63.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Free Joyish economy, worth a remarkable 2,584 trillion Sweetings a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Woodchip Exports, Uranium Mining, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 238,210 Sweetings, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,345,966 per year while the poor average 20,700, a ratio of 65.0 to 1.

Soldiers go to war dressed in cassocks and robes, believers who wear their faith on their sleeves make easy targets in hostile areas, unwilling fathers wish they had looked for a late-night pharmacy, and no true communist is an unbeliever. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. The Free Joy State's national animal is the Dove, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The True Church of the Exalted Holiness.

The Free Joy State is ranked 796th in the world and 19th in the Pacific for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 12,413.28 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 229thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 277thMost Devout: 368thMost Primitive: 593rdLargest Insurance Industry: 796thLargest Black Market: 898thLargest Mining Sector: 977thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,224thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,339thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,355thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,429thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,446thFattest Citizens: 1,529thMost Avoided: 1,551stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,782ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,053rdTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,564thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,869thHighest Average Incomes: 3,873rdMost Conservative: 4,884thHighest Economic Output: 5,216thLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,011thLargest Gambling Industry: 7,669thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,679thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,370thHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,653rdTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 12,051stMost Authoritarian: 12,067thLowest Crime Rates: 13,427thLargest Governments: 13,648thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15,022ndMost Influential: 15,355thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 16,502ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 18,111th
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9th in the regionMost Devout: 14th in the regionLargest Black Market: 18th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 19th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 21st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 24th in the regionMost Primitive: 24th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 27th in the regionFattest Citizens: 28th in the regionMost Avoided: 31st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 35th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 41st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 50th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 50th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 69th in the regionTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 78th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 83rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 85th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 90th in the regionLargest Populations: 124th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 177th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 179th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 203rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 205th in the regionMost Conservative: 212th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 229th in the regionMost Influential: 230th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 268th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 326th in the regionLargest Governments: 346th in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 364th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 509th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 509th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 638th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Free Joy State was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : The Free Joy State was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : The Free Joy State was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, no true communist is an unbeliever.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, unwilling fathers wish they had looked for a late-night pharmacy.
  • : The Free Joy State was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : The Free Joy State was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : The Free Joy State was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, believers who wear their faith on their sleeves make easy targets in hostile areas.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, soldiers go to war dressed in cassocks and robes.

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