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The Indomitable Borderlands of The Grendels

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

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

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 iron fist, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 25.591 billion The Grendelsians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

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 1%. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining industries.

Society and government have been organized according to a feudal hierarchy, the the Dire Bear is believed to be extinct, only the rich can afford the latest medical innovations, and thieves are flogged in public for their crimes. 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 134th in Wysteria and 110,185th in the world for Highest Average Tax Rates, scoring -4 on the Inverse Hayek Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 20 hours ago

  • 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Grendels, thieves are flogged in public for their crimes.
  • 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Grendels, only the rich can afford the latest medical innovations.
  • 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Grendels, the the Dire Bear is believed to be extinct.
  • 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Grendels, society and government have been organized according to a feudal hierarchy.
  • 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Grendels, ethnic minorities are often refused admission to some of the nation's best schools.
  • 1 day 12 hours ago: The Grendels was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • 3 days ago: Following new legislation in The Grendels, the government regularly hires contractors to construct high rise apartments.
  • 3 days 12 hours ago: The Grendels was reclassified from "Capitalist Paradise" to "Compulsory Consumerist State".
  • 3 days 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Grendels, university graduates and new home-owners toil in labour camps to work off their debts.
  • 3 days 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Grendels, citizens are expected to be proficient in at least five languages.

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