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Most Ignorant Citizens: 232ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 286thMost Devout: 377th
The Petrifying Procrastinations of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Obedience is Man's Greatest Strength
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Civil Rights
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The Free Joy State

Population10.991 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 renowned for its avant-garde cinema, pith helmet sales, and parental licensing program. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 10.991 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 62.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Free Joyish economy, worth a remarkable 2,622 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 238,622 Sweetings, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,341,498 per year while the poor average 20,973, a ratio of 64.0 to 1.

Unwilling fathers wish they had looked for a late-night pharmacy, no true communist is an unbeliever, motorbike jousters live young and die fast, and funeral mourners ridesharing with the deceased are encouraged to sit on the coffin to save room. 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 204,390th in the world and 6,607th in the Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -26.83 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 232ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 286thMost Devout: 377thMost Primitive: 600thLargest Insurance Industry: 802ndLargest Black Market: 914thLargest Mining Sector: 1,003rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,089thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,243rdMost Corrupt Governments: 1,360thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,441stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,460thFattest Citizens: 1,549thMost Avoided: 1,550thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,820thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,108thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,469thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,727thHighest Average Incomes: 3,841stMost Conservative: 4,586thHighest Economic Output: 5,178thLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,110thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,590thLargest Gambling Industry: 7,821stHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,218thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,556thTop
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Most Authoritarian: 11,021stMost Efficient Economies: 12,143rdLargest Governments: 13,592ndLowest Crime Rates: 13,611thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15,111thMost Influential: 15,288thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 16,823rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 18,733rd
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10th in the regionMost Devout: 13th in the regionLargest Black Market: 19th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 20th in the regionMost Primitive: 20th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 21st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 25th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 26th in the regionFattest Citizens: 28th in the regionMost Avoided: 31st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 37th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 40th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 46th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 47th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 71st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 71st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 72nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 73rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 92nd in the regionLargest Populations: 124th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 162nd in the regionMost Conservative: 192nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 194th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 197th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 209th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 214th in the regionMost Influential: 229th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 240th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 317th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 341st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 376th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 466th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 473rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 600th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, funeral mourners ridesharing with the deceased are encouraged to sit on the coffin to save room.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, motorbike jousters live young and die fast.
  • : 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.

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