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The Incorporated Entity of Harmonious Paperclips

“Insufficient experience to get experience” Viceroy

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific

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Harmonious Paperclips

Population21.413 billion

CapitalCubiclelyse City
LeaderViceroy

CurrencyBzyte
AnimalWestern scrub jay

The Incorporated Entity of Harmonious Paperclips is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Viceroy with an iron fist, and notable for its zero percent divorce rate, keen interest in outer space, and aversion to nipples. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 21.413 billion Harpapzens 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 relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cubiclelyse City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 71.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Harmonious Paperclipsian economy, worth an astonishing 14,704 trillion Bzytes a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Automobile Manufacturing, and Retail. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is a breathtaking 686,714 Bzytes, with the richest citizens earning 6.5 times as much as the poorest.

Seven-year-olds debate for weeks on the merits of the Oxford comma, home renovation shows are increasingly popular, disputed territories across the South Pacific are being claimed by Harmonious Paperclipsian college students, and nobody draws smiley faces on receipts anymore. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force. Harmonious Paperclips's national animal is the Western scrub jay, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Harmonious Paperclips is ranked 81,484th in the world and 2,963rd in the South Pacific for Nudest, with 152.25 Cheeks Per Square Mile.

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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 5thMost Efficient Economies: 25thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 27thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 34thLargest Black Market: 59thLargest Information Technology Sector: 72ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 77thMost Subsidized Industry: 82ndHighest Average Incomes: 82ndMost Developed: 115thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 123rdLongest Average Lifespans: 130thMost Secular: 132ndLowest Crime Rates: 138thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 146thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 157thHighest Economic Output: 171stMost Corrupt Governments: 182ndHealthiest Citizens: 197thMost Scientifically Advanced: 410thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 454thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 654thHighest Poor Incomes: 665thLargest Retail Industry: 683rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 690thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 778thLargest Governments: 791stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 816thSmartest Citizens: 817thLargest Mining Sector: 1,005thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,200thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,709thTop
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Most Stationary: 2,950thMost Avoided: 3,834thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,921stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5,496thLargest Populations: 5,555thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,450thRudest Citizens: 7,854thTop
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Most Influential: 11,720thMost Authoritarian: 16,960thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 21,530th
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Most Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 8th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Secular: 9th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 10th in the regionMost Developed: 10th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 11th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 13th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 15th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 16th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 16th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 18th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 20th in the regionLargest Governments: 21st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 23rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 24th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 25th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 29th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 36th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 40th in the regionLargest Populations: 49th in the regionMost Stationary: 53rd in the regionMost Avoided: 81st in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 146th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 192nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 236th in the regionRudest Citizens: 255th in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 781st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 817th in the regionMost Influential: 830th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, nobody draws smiley faces on receipts anymore.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, disputed territories across the South Pacific are being claimed by Harmonious Paperclipsian college students.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, home renovation shows are increasingly popular.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, seven-year-olds debate for weeks on the merits of the Oxford comma.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, betting pennies on games of Go Fish is considered deviant.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, Harpapzens incessantly needle their doctors for relief.
  • : Harmonious Paperclips was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, strange lights seen in the sky are officially regarded as weather balloons or hoaxes and nothing else.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, drunk drivers are sentenced to death.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, the government merely sends empty platitudes whenever natural disasters strike foreign nations.

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