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The Free Joy State was Condemned by Security Council Resolution # 333
Most Ignorant Citizens: 237thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 240thMost Devout: 364th
The Petrifying Procrastinations of
Iron Fist Consumerists Champions of Commerce
Obedience is Man's Greatest Strength
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Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
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Political Freedom
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The Free Joy State

Population12.664 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 notable for its frequent executions, strictly enforced bedtime, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 12.664 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 Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Grand Central City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 66.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Free Joyish economy, worth a remarkable 3,090 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, fairly 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 244,035 Sweetings, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 971,782 per year while the poor average 41,279, a ratio of 23.5 to 1.

Conflicted Free Joyish mamas cry 'cause - if there's one thing they don't need - it's another hungry mouth to feed, children get arrested for floating paper boats on lakes, real chickens replace rooster weather vanes on inner-city rooftop gardens, and the full title of Hon Exalted Holiness Vcte Mgve MF PPFJSLM GCFJE runs to several pages. 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 27,095th in the world and 811th in the Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 5,072.27 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Top
1%
Most Ignorant Citizens: 237thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 240thMost Devout: 364thMost Primitive: 403rdLargest Insurance Industry: 729thLargest Black Market: 894thLargest Mining Sector: 903rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,219thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,330thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,341stMost Avoided: 1,381stFattest Citizens: 1,385thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,389thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,805thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,040thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,268thTop
5%
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,409thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,461stHighest Average Incomes: 3,779thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,785thMost Conservative: 4,468thHighest Economic Output: 4,647thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,132ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 9,860thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,887thTop
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Most Authoritarian: 12,395thLowest Crime Rates: 12,785thMost Efficient Economies: 12,825thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,206thLargest Governments: 13,661stMost Influential: 13,987thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 19,513thLargest Populations: 22,793rd
Top
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Primitive: 14th in the regionMost Devout: 18th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 20th in the regionLargest Black Market: 24th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 28th in the regionFattest Citizens: 28th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 28th in the regionMost Avoided: 34th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 40th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 41st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 45th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 48th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 48th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 59th in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 64th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 64th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 65th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 94th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 95th in the regionLargest Populations: 110th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 172nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 207th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 214th in the regionMost Influential: 215th in the regionMost Conservative: 218th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 262nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 304th in the regionTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 348th in the regionLargest Governments: 355th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 361st in the regionMost Stationary: 510th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 513th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 608th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 624th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : 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, the full title of Hon Exalted Holiness Vcte Mgve MF PPFJSLM GCFJE runs to several pages.
  • : 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, real chickens replace rooster weather vanes on inner-city rooftop gardens.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, children get arrested for floating paper boats on lakes.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, conflicted Free Joyish mamas cry 'cause - if there's one thing they don't need - it's another hungry mouth to feed.
  • : The Free Joy State was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : The Free Joy State was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector and the Top 5% for Most Authoritarian.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, there's no such thing as a safe bet.
  • : Following new legislation in The Free Joy State, when shaking hands with foreign leaders Exalted Holiness wears an armoured gauntlet.

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