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Most Ignorant Citizens: 233rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 283rdMost Devout: 365th
The Petrifying Procrastinations of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Obedience is Man's Greatest Strength
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The Free Joy State

Population10.607 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, efficient nation, ruled by Exalted Holiness with an iron fist, and renowned for its closed borders, state-planned economy, and zero percent divorce rate. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 10.607 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 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 2,526 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 365th in the world and 13th in the Pacific for Most Devout, with 17,059.22 Prayers Per Hour.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 233rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 283rdMost Devout: 365thMost Primitive: 584thLargest Insurance Industry: 801stLargest Black Market: 909thLargest Mining Sector: 986thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,170thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,352ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,373rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,434thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,457thFattest Citizens: 1,555thMost Avoided: 1,582ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,778thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,030thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,580thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,895thHighest Average Incomes: 3,895thHighest Economic Output: 5,241stMost Conservative: 5,542ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 6,873rdLargest Gambling Industry: 7,692ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8,030thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,384thHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,554thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 12,098thLowest Crime Rates: 13,520thLargest Governments: 13,646thMost Authoritarian: 14,030thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14,513thMost Influential: 15,100thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 18,113thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 18,699th
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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 Valuable International Artwork: 41st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 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: 80th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 94th in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 128th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 190th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 199th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 213th in the regionMost Influential: 239th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 262nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 265th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 280th in the regionMost Conservative: 312th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 319th in the regionLargest Governments: 338th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 365th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 517th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 764th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 846th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 920th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 965th 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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