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Fattest Citizens: 259th Most Armed: 279th Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 282nd
The Free Republic of
Anarchy
Live Free
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
World Benchmark
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Ponderosa

Population10.867 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 notable for its unlimited-speed roads, otherworldly petting zoo, and flagrant waste-dumping. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 10.867 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 3,164 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 Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Soda Sales. Average income is an amazing 291,225 Ponderosa dollars, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,049,353 per year while the poor average 57,794, a ratio of 18.2 to 1.

Ratings for schools' curricula range from 'Pure as the Driven Snow' to 'Late Night TV', both illness and poverty are seen as signs of low moral worth, parents often ask to see a credit report before lending money to their own children, and the government only announces the deaths of its members when it's convenient. 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 33,969th in the world and 60th in Wintreath for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero Valid Endorsements.

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Fattest Citizens: 259thMost Armed: 279thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 282ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 314thHighest Crime Rates: 316thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 335thLargest Retail Industry: 347thRudest Citizens: 378thMost Avoided: 515thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 591stHighest Disposable Incomes: 719thLargest Gambling Industry: 951stMost Rebellious Youth: 955thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,263rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,403rdHighest Average Incomes: 1,549thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,590thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,763rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,869thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,928thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,028thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,167thLargest Mining Sector: 2,245thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,298thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,474thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,528thHighest Economic Output: 2,564thMost Efficient Economies: 2,805thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,027thSmartest Citizens: 6,988thNudest: 8,073rdTop
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 9,875thMost Pro-Market: 10,765thLargest Black Market: 12,698thMost Secular: 14,194thLargest Populations: 14,600thMost Corrupt Governments: 16,141stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 17,813th
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 7th in the regionMost Extreme: 8th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 9th in the regionNudest: 10th in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 16th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 16th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 16th in the regionLargest Black Market: 18th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, the government only announces the deaths of its members when it's convenient.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, parents often ask to see a credit report before lending money to their own children.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, both illness and poverty are seen as signs of low moral worth.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, ratings for schools' curricula range from 'Pure as the Driven Snow' to 'Late Night TV'.
  • : Ponderosa's influence in Wintreath rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, airplanes have giant grilles on their noses to knock drones out of their path.
  • : Ponderosa was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Disposable Incomes and the Top 10% for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, the most penniless demographics have by far the highest number of researchers per capita.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, depression sinks in after each election when voters realize they are stuck with these people for years.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, road rage is rarer but more terminal now that many people drive fully-operational battle tanks to work.

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