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Fattest Citizens: 261st Most Armed: 264th Highest Crime Rates: 280th
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Ponderosa

Population11.366 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 renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, barren, inhospitable landscape, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 11.366 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, outspoken government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Defense. 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 3,321 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 significant contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Soda Sales. Average income is an amazing 292,238 Ponderosa dollars, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,072,252 per year while the poor average 56,379, a ratio of 19.0 to 1.

The restriction that you must be over 1.1 metres tall to ride a carnotaurus has recently been waived, mall countdown clocks warn that there are only 364 more shopping days until Maxxmas, stockbrokers dream of getting rich by writing textbooks, and prolonged government investigations are a common revenge tactic among spurned spouses. 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 156,435th in the world and 271st in Wintreath for Safest, scoring 2.57 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

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Fattest Citizens: 261stMost Armed: 264thHighest Crime Rates: 280thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 288thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 292ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 330thLargest Retail Industry: 335thRudest Citizens: 429thMost Avoided: 487thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 560thHighest Disposable Incomes: 676thLargest Gambling Industry: 889thMost Rebellious Youth: 917thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,260thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,275thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,386thHighest Average Incomes: 1,550thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,807thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,834thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,950thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,981stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,060thLargest Mining Sector: 2,104thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,230thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,313thHighest Economic Output: 2,417thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,469thMost Efficient Economies: 2,690thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,520thNudest: 7,069thSmartest Citizens: 7,119thTop
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Most Pro-Market: 8,339thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 8,702ndLargest Black Market: 11,828thMost Secular: 13,379thLargest Populations: 14,019thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14,075thMost Corrupt Governments: 14,486th
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Largest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 6th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionMost Extreme: 9th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9th in the regionNudest: 11th in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 16th in the regionLargest Black Market: 18th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 20th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 26th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, prolonged government investigations are a common revenge tactic among spurned spouses.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, stockbrokers dream of getting rich by writing textbooks.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, mall countdown clocks warn that there are only 364 more shopping days until Maxxmas.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, the restriction that you must be over 1.1 metres tall to ride a carnotaurus has recently been waived.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, double-parking is on the rise as automobile numbers increase.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Agricultural Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, music teachers are commonly seen busking in order to fund their music programs.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, the arms industry is backed by government subsidies and harsh anti-protest laws are in place.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, kids' party bags often contain candy and e-cigarettes.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.

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