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Highest Crime Rates: 139thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 146thMost Valuable International Artwork: 147th
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Ponderosa

Population15.668 billion

CapitalSanta Fe
LeaderPresident Walker

CurrencyPonderosa dollar
AnimalOsprey

The Free Republic of Ponderosa is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by President Walker with a fair hand, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, unlimited-speed roads, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 15.668 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, is effectively ruled by the Department of Industry, although Education is also considered important, while Environment and Welfare are ignored. 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 5,319 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 339,486 Ponderosa dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,559,153 per year while the poor average 44,852, a ratio of 34.8 to 1.

The government is spending millions on 'trust campaigns' in an effort to win back the public's support, a faint smell of body odour can be detected at several miles' distance from the National Science Park, the morbidly obese often sell stock options on their own corpses, and write-in candidate 'President Walker Sucks' is perennially popular. 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 202,696th in the world and 398th in Wintreath for Least Corrupt Governments, with 41.04 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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Highest Crime Rates: 139thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 146thMost Valuable International Artwork: 147thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 147thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 160thMost Armed: 160thRudest Citizens: 163rdFattest Citizens: 171stLargest Retail Industry: 245thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 258thMost Avoided: 297thLargest Gambling Industry: 390thHighest Disposable Incomes: 448thMost Rebellious Youth: 491stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 906thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,058thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,098thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,165thHighest Average Incomes: 1,318thLargest Mining Sector: 1,363rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,443rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,581stHighest Economic Output: 1,601stLargest Insurance Industry: 1,752ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,884thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,423rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,851stMost Efficient Economies: 3,048thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,692ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,936thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,174thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,452ndMost Corrupt Governments: 6,766thSmartest Citizens: 7,696thTop
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Most Secular: 10,473rdNudest: 10,895thLargest Black Market: 10,998thLargest Populations: 11,833rdMost Pro-Market: 14,470thHighest Drug Use: 14,770thMost Inclusive: 15,658thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 17,356thMost Stationary: 17,500thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 18,268th
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Largest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 9th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 13th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 18th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 18th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 19th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 20th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 21st in the regionLargest Black Market: 21st in the regionMost Extreme: 22nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 24th in the regionMost Politically Free: 27th in the regionMost Secular: 30th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Free.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Nudest and Largest Black Market.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector, the Top 5% for Largest Populations, and the Top 10% for Most Cultured.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, write-in candidate 'President Walker Sucks' is perennially popular.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Black Market and the Top 10% for Most Influential.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Secular and Nudest and the Top 10% for Most Politically Free.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Free.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Civil Rights.

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