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Most Ignorant Citizens: 231stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 282ndMost Devout: 364th
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The Free Joy State

Population10.6 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 flagrant waste-dumping, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 10.6 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, although Spirituality, Industry, and Law & Order are also considered important, while Welfare and Social Policy are ignored. 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 2,525 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 225,789th in the world and 9,897th in the Pacific for Healthiest Citizens, with 0.36 Bananas Ingested Per Day.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 231stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 282ndMost Devout: 364thMost Primitive: 585thLargest Insurance Industry: 795thLargest Black Market: 910thLargest Mining Sector: 983rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,160thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,355thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,374thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,428thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,457thFattest Citizens: 1,553rdMost Avoided: 1,576thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,787thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,022ndTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,577thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,904thHighest Average Incomes: 3,892ndHighest Economic Output: 5,240thMost Conservative: 5,595thLargest Agricultural Sector: 6,871stLargest Gambling Industry: 7,710thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8,039thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,381stHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,533rdTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 12,086thLowest Crime Rates: 13,527thLargest Governments: 13,632ndMost Authoritarian: 14,162ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14,538thMost Influential: 15,076thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 18,097thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 18,785th
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10th in the regionMost Devout: 13th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 18th in the regionLargest Black Market: 18th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 19th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 22nd in the regionMost Primitive: 25th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 26th in the regionFattest Citizens: 28th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 31st in the regionMost Avoided: 32nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 40th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 41st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 42nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 73rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 77th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 79th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 82nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 94th in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 128th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 191st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 198th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 209th in the regionMost Influential: 240th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 262nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 279th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 282nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 315th in the regionMost Conservative: 320th in the regionLargest Governments: 336th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 366th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 513th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 789th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 845th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 950th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 969th 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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