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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:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Wysteria

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The Indomitable Borderlands of The Grendels is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Warleader Yarooo with an iron fist, and remarkable for its anti-smoking policies, irreverence towards religion, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 26.387 billion Grendels are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hackleburg. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient The Grendelsian economy, worth an astonishing 22,908 trillion Golden Bonds a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Book Publishing. Average income is a breathtaking 868,165 Golden Bonds, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 6,675,889 per year while the poor average 30,234, a ratio of 220 to 1.

Only the rich can afford the latest medical innovations, the country has been 'going shopping' by annexing nearby nations for their resources, a typical fast food menu item could serve a small army, and a niche industry catering to S&M enthusiasts has sprung up. Crime is totally unknown. The Grendels's national animal is the the Dire Bear, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

The Grendels is ranked 2nd in Wysteria and 2nd in the world for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 1,016 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 23 hours ago

  • 13 hours ago: Following new legislation in The Grendels, a niche industry catering to S&M enthusiasts has sprung up.
  • 1 day 1 hour ago: Following new legislation in The Grendels, a typical fast food menu item could serve a small army.
  • 1 day 1 hour ago: Following new legislation in The Grendels, the country has been 'going shopping' by annexing nearby nations for their resources.
  • 2 days 1 hour ago: Following new legislation in The Grendels, only the rich can afford the latest medical innovations.
  • 2 days 1 hour ago: Following new legislation in The Grendels, door-to-door salesmen are frequently beaten up by 'vigilantes'.
  • 2 days 7 hours ago: The Grendels lodged a message on the Wysteria Regional Message Board.
  • 2 days 8 hours ago: The Grendels lodged a message on the Wysteria Regional Message Board.
  • 2 days 8 hours ago: The Grendels lodged a message on the Wysteria Regional Message Board.
  • 3 days 1 hour ago: The Grendels was reclassified from "Capitalist Paradise" to "Compulsory Consumerist State".
  • 3 days 1 hour ago: Following new legislation in The Grendels, newspapers cannot report anything about politicians without their explicit consent.

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