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Highest Crime Rates: 148thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 149thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 150th
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People:16,183,895,077
Zombies:29,204,658

Ponderosa

Population16.213 billion

CapitalSanta Fe
LeaderPresident Walker

CurrencyPonderosa dollar
AnimalOsprey

The Free Republic of Ponderosa is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by President Walker with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, free-roaming dinosaurs, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 16.213 billion Ponderosans, 29 million of whom are zombies, live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, corrupt, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Industry, with Education also on the agenda, while Environment and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Santa Fe. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Ponderosan economy, worth a remarkable 5,504 trillion Ponderosa dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Soda Sales, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 339,519 Ponderosa dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,559,301 per year while the poor average 44,856, a ratio of 34.8 to 1.

There's a lot of hot air coming from the Capitol Building, the government prides itself on being smug and condescending to idiots, couples are discouraged from marrying until they can rank their partner on a scale of one to ten, and foreign policy is mostly just to smile and hope for the best. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Ponderosa's national animal is the Osprey, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Ponderosa is ranked 297th in the world and 1st in Wintreath for Most Avoided, scoring 2,447.71 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

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Highest Crime Rates: 148thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 149thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 150thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 158thMost Armed: 167thRudest Citizens: 172ndFattest Citizens: 176thMost Valuable International Artwork: 217thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 250thLargest Retail Industry: 261stMost Avoided: 297thLargest Gambling Industry: 381stHighest Disposable Incomes: 438thMost Rebellious Youth: 498thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 897thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 915thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,078thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,248thHighest Average Incomes: 1,344thLargest Mining Sector: 1,446thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,460thHighest Economic Output: 1,598thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,709thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,709thMost Survivors: 1,815thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,905thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,468thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,951stMost Efficient Economies: 3,081stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,779thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,943rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,389thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,509thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,148thSmartest Citizens: 7,902ndMost Secular: 10,865thTop
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Nudest: 11,679thLargest Populations: 11,953rdLargest Black Market: 12,165thMost Inclusive: 16,028thMost Pro-Market: 17,827thHighest Drug Use: 18,104thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 20,226thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 21,117th
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Most Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionTop
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 9th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 9th in the regionMost Survivors: 9th in the regionMost Extreme: 9th in the regionLargest Populations: 10th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 11th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 12th in the regionNudest: 13th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 13th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 17th in the regionMost Dead: 18th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 20th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 22nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 23rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 25th in the regionLargest Black Market: 25th in the regionMost Secular: 30th in the region

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