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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 144thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 145thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 148th
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Ponderosa

Population17.858 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 deadly medical pandemics, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 17.858 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, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Industry, with Environment and Welfare not 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 6,059 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 339,297 Ponderosa dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,636,949 per year while the poor average 40,888, a ratio of 40.0 to 1.

Parents must decide between buying food and taking their children to the park, one can walk from one side of Santa Fe to the other without setting foot on Ponderosan soil, the price of freedom is about half a million Ponderosa dollars, and record numbers of students are leaving school to enter the workforce. 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 3,210th in the world and 11th in Wintreath for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring 51,587.3 on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 144thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 145thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 148thHighest Crime Rates: 148thMost Armed: 163rdRudest Citizens: 172ndFattest Citizens: 181stMost Avoided: 219thMost Valuable International Artwork: 250thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 276thLargest Retail Industry: 325thLargest Gambling Industry: 358thHighest Disposable Incomes: 445thMost Rebellious Youth: 460thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 764thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 854thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,068thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,343rdHighest Average Incomes: 1,445thLargest Mining Sector: 1,496thHighest Economic Output: 1,529thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,649thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,715thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,882ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,025thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,709thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,210thMost Efficient Economies: 3,645thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,824thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,675thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,515thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,884thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,340thSmartest Citizens: 8,844thMost Secular: 10,578thTop
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Largest Populations: 11,563rdLargest Black Market: 13,027thMost Inclusive: 16,019thMost Pro-Market: 16,618thHighest Drug Use: 19,257thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,671stMost Influential: 21,288th
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Fattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 6th in the regionLargest Populations: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 9th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15th in the regionTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 16th in the regionMost Extreme: 17th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 18th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 19th in the regionNudest: 22nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 22nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 25th in the regionLargest Black Market: 27th in the regionMost Secular: 29th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, record numbers of students are leaving school to enter the workforce.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, the price of freedom is about half a million Ponderosa dollars.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, one can walk from one side of Santa Fe to the other without setting foot on Ponderosan soil.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, parents must decide between buying food and taking their children to the park.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, people are often woken up by rubbish music.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, stray dogs and children root through the trash for snacks.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, street preachers sell salvation with a side order of shame on every corner.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, the intelligence community is playing 4-D chess with an imaginary spy network.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, history textbook pages are used as impromptu tissues by distraught students.

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