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The Indomitable Borderlands of The Grendels

“The Paragon of Corporate Power and Style since 2002.”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Wysteria

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The Indomitable Borderlands of The Grendels is a gargantuan, economically powerful nation, ruled by Warleader Yarooo with an even hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 25.997 billion Grendels are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, corrupt, pro-business individuals juggles the competing demands of Defence, Commerce, and Law & Order. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hackleburg. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 6%. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining industries.

All telephone traffic is monitored for 'national security reasons', private business has started paving paradises and putting up parking lots, there are no minimum wage laws, and teenagers stay out into the wee hours of the morning "stargazing". Crime -- especially youth-related -- is crippling. The Grendels's national animal is the the Dire Bear, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its currency is the Golden Bond.

The Grendels is ranked 2nd in Wysteria and 2nd in the world for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 1,007 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 19 hours ago

  • 13 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Grendels, teenagers stay out into the wee hours of the morning "stargazing".
  • 13 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Grendels, there are no minimum wage laws.
  • 13 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Grendels, private business has started paving paradises and putting up parking lots.
  • 13 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Grendels, all telephone traffic is monitored for 'national security reasons'.
  • 19 hours ago: The Grendels lodged a message on the Wysteria Regional Message Board.
  • 2 days 13 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Grendels, construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway.
  • 2 days 13 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Grendels, homes have been banned from having any more than one wheel.
  • 2 days 13 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Grendels, seafood restaurants assure customers 'If it lives in the sea, it's on our menu'.
  • 2 days 13 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Grendels, crime suspects are forced to submit to blood testing.
  • 2 days 13 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Grendels, the government is avowedly atheist.

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