by Max Barry

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 217th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 226th Fattest Citizens: 226th
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Population12.868 billion

CapitalSanta Fe
LeaderPresident Walker

CurrencyPonderosa dollar

The Free Republic of Ponderosa is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by President Walker with a fair hand, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, smutty television, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 12.868 billion Ponderosans 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 government, or what there is of one, prioritizes 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 3,941 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, Arms Manufacturing, and Soda Sales. Average income is an amazing 306,292 Ponderosa dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,170,910 per year while the poor average 55,366, a ratio of 21.1 to 1.

Heartfelt sentiments are mercilessly marketed by a million-Ponderosa dollar treacle machine, 'Mountain Doobie' is widely regarded as the nation's favourite drink, only fully-fledged members of MENSA are allowed to vote, and Coco the Clown has been elected to the nation's parliament. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Ponderosa's national animal is the Osprey, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Ponderosa is ranked 966th in the world and 2nd in Wintreath for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 1.17 million Standard Monetary Units.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 217thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 226thFattest Citizens: 226thMost Armed: 233rdHighest Crime Rates: 240thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 282ndLargest Retail Industry: 314thRudest Citizens: 371stMost Avoided: 448thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 501stHighest Disposable Incomes: 566thLargest Gambling Industry: 667thMost Rebellious Youth: 732ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 966thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,293rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,303rdHighest Average Incomes: 1,430thTop
Largest Mining Sector: 1,728thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,865thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,926thHighest Economic Output: 2,070thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,073rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,193rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,364thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,374thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,400thMost Efficient Economies: 2,568thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,139thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,914thHighest Drug Use: 5,135thSmartest Citizens: 6,465thNudest: 7,167thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 8,715thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 9,206thMost Pro-Market: 11,231stLargest Black Market: 11,562ndMost Corrupt Governments: 12,085thMost Secular: 12,786thLargest Populations: 13,117thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14,107thLargest Agricultural Sector: 17,213th
Largest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 5th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 6th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 7th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 7th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 8th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 8th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionNudest: 9th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 16th in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 19th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 19th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 20th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 27th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 31st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, Coco the Clown has been elected to the nation's parliament.
  • : Ponderosa was reclassified from "Capitalizt" to "Anarchy".
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, only fully-fledged members of MENSA are allowed to vote.
  • : Ponderosa was reclassified from "Anarchy" to "Capitalizt".
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, 'Mountain Doobie' is widely regarded as the nation's favourite drink.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, heartfelt sentiments are mercilessly marketed by a million-Ponderosa dollar treacle machine.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, ghost regiments exist only on paper.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, farmers are complaining that the buzzing and the sparks from the nearby MagRail are blighting their crops.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, stylish juvenile delinquents are highly overrepresented in fatal motorcycle accidents.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, Ponderosan politics is literally a blood sport.


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