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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 209th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 210th Most Armed: 216th
The Free Republic of
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Ponderosa

Population13.035 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 smutty television, irreverence towards religion, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 13.035 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, 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 4,081 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 313,156 Ponderosa dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,571,262 per year while the poor average 34,968, a ratio of 44.9 to 1.

Dinosaur breeders have a yabba-dabba-doo gay old time in Ponderosa, sales of superhero insurance have skyrocketed after the government abandoned the police in favor of vigilantes, teenagers across the country are celebrating the defeat of a national curfew bill, and fistfighting vigilantes tend to suffer a lot of gunshot wounds. 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 22,117th in the world and 87th in Wintreath for Most Inclusive, scoring 132.38 on the Mandela-Wollstonecraft Non-Discrimination Index.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 209thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 210thMost Armed: 216thFattest Citizens: 217thHighest Crime Rates: 226thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 271stLargest Retail Industry: 303rdRudest Citizens: 318thMost Avoided: 407thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 464thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 478thHighest Disposable Incomes: 527thLargest Gambling Industry: 566thMost Rebellious Youth: 682ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,183rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,240thHighest Average Incomes: 1,341stLargest Mining Sector: 1,622ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,675thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,744thTop
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Highest Drug Use: 1,945thHighest Economic Output: 1,996thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,261stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,265thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,299thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,302ndMost Efficient Economies: 2,586thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,872ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,126thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,665thSmartest Citizens: 6,366thNudest: 7,031stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 7,172ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,975thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,526thTop
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Largest Black Market: 11,379thMost Secular: 12,695thLargest Populations: 13,058thMost Corrupt Governments: 14,163rdMost Pro-Market: 14,538th
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Most Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 3rd in the regionTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the regionNudest: 7th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 9th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 9th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 11th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 16th in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 19th in the regionLargest Black Market: 21st in the regionMost Extreme: 23rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 24th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 31st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, fistfighting vigilantes tend to suffer a lot of gunshot wounds.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, teenagers across the country are celebrating the defeat of a national curfew bill.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, sales of superhero insurance have skyrocketed after the government abandoned the police in favor of vigilantes.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, dinosaur breeders have a yabba-dabba-doo gay old time in Ponderosa.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, sharks are enjoying their deliveries of canned food.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, terrified neighbors cower behind concertina wire and machine gun nests.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, the Osprey stadiums are open 24/7.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, the space program has been reduced to President Walker's nephew playing with a cardboard space shuttle.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, a recent political speech drew the ire of nerds everywhere after the speaker claimed that Darth Vader was Harry Potter's father.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, President Walker's office is running a trade deficit of midnight oil.

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