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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

Population20.949 billion

CapitalCubiclelyse City
LeaderViceroy

CurrencyBzyte
AnimalWestern scrub jay

The Incorporated Entity of Harmonious Paperclips is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Viceroy with an iron fist, and renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, keen interest in outer space, and parental licensing program. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 20.949 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. The average income tax rate is 69.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Harmonious Paperclipsian economy, worth an astonishing 14,177 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 676,740 Bzytes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.4 times as much as the poorest.

Midnight raids drag couples from their homes in the name of decency, the nanny industry has had a boom after maternity leave was recently banned, boys who even ask about cheerleading are placed on the Sex Offenders Register, and torture is commonly used to extract information from suspected criminals. 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 teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Harmonious Paperclips is ranked 72,677th in the world and 3,167th in the South Pacific for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring 2,536.77 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 6thMost Efficient Economies: 24thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 28thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 34thLargest Black Market: 63rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 71stLargest Agricultural Sector: 75thMost Subsidized Industry: 82ndHighest Average Incomes: 83rdMost Developed: 101stLongest Average Lifespans: 114thMost Secular: 137thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 140thLowest Crime Rates: 141stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 153rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 159thHighest Poor Incomes: 162ndHighest Economic Output: 182ndMost Corrupt Governments: 184thHealthiest Citizens: 196thMost Scientifically Advanced: 352ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 492ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 648thLargest Retail Industry: 671stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 686thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 807thLargest Governments: 807thSmartest Citizens: 817thLargest Mining Sector: 1,015thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,145thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,589thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,667thTop
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Most Stationary: 2,984thMost Avoided: 3,570thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4,703rdMost Advanced Public Education: 5,057thLargest Populations: 5,579thRudest Citizens: 5,895thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,523rdTop
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Most Influential: 11,584thMost Authoritarian: 18,153rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19,274th
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Most Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Developed: 9th in the regionMost Secular: 9th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 9th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 10th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 12th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 17th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 18th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 18th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 21st in the regionLargest Governments: 22nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 27th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 28th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 29th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 37th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 39th in the regionLargest Populations: 50th in the regionMost Stationary: 53rd in the regionMost Avoided: 75th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 146th in the regionRudest Citizens: 185th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 188th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 219th in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 664th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, torture is commonly used to extract information from suspected criminals.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, boys who even ask about cheerleading are placed on the Sex Offenders Register.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, the nanny industry has had a boom after maternity leave was recently banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, midnight raids drag couples from their homes in the name of decency.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, citizens are enjoying a recent large cut in taxes.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, immigrants are told to pull themselves up by their worn-out budget bootstraps.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, no one believes anything until it has been strenuously tested and peer-reviewed.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, advertisers scramble to sponsor the broadcast of Viceroy's most personal functions.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, it is illegal to have the wrong clock time showing on your microwave oven.
  • : Following new legislation in Harmonious Paperclips, the government strictly regulates whale harvest quotas.

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