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Fattest Citizens: 269th Most Armed: 270th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 270th
The Free Republic of
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Live Free
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Shoeshiner
Region
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World Benchmark
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Frightening
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Ponderosa

Population12.234 billion

CapitalSanta Fe
LeaderPresident Walker

CurrencyPonderosa dollar
AnimalOsprey

The Free Republic of Ponderosa is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by President Walker with a fair hand, and notable for its infamous sell-swords, public floggings, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 12.234 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 3,584 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 292,961 Ponderosa dollars, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,055,608 per year while the poor average 58,138, a ratio of 18.2 to 1.

The newest shade developed by Ponderosa's dye industry has been dubbed 'Agent Orange', sofas are perpetually on sales that Must End Soon, the nation was recently voted as the most stylish in Wintreath, and government theft from poor artists to give to rich allies has been dubbed the "reverse Robin Hood" policy. 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 18,964th in the world and 46th in Wintreath for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring 5,200.39 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

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Fattest Citizens: 269thMost Armed: 270thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 270thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 288thHighest Crime Rates: 289thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 337thLargest Retail Industry: 431stRudest Citizens: 477thMost Avoided: 481stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 566thHighest Disposable Incomes: 660thLargest Gambling Industry: 851stMost Rebellious Youth: 888thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,271stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,295thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,355thHighest Average Incomes: 1,632ndTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 1,812thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,914thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,011thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,090thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,117thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,199thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,228thHighest Economic Output: 2,297thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,464thMost Efficient Economies: 2,623rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,673rdLargest Publishing Industry: 5,312thNudest: 7,074thSmartest Citizens: 7,101stTop
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 9,700thMost Pro-Market: 10,192ndLargest Black Market: 11,937thLargest Populations: 13,447thMost Corrupt Governments: 14,415thMost Secular: 14,682ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 16,318th
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Most Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionTop
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 7th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 7th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 9th in the regionNudest: 12th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 17th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 18th in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 21st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 23rd in the regionMost Extreme: 24th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 30th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, government theft from poor artists to give to rich allies has been dubbed the "reverse Robin Hood" policy.
  • : Following new legislation in Ponderosa, the nation was recently voted as the most stylish in Wintreath.
  • : Ponderosa was struck by a Mk IV (Pacifier) Cure Missile from Meean, curing 1 million infected.
  • : Ponderosa was struck by a Mk IV (Pacifier) Cure Missile from The Wintrean Monarch of Wintermoot, curing 1 million infected.
  • : Ponderosa was struck by a Mk IV (Pacifier) Cure Missile from Tatte, curing 1 million infected.
  • : Ponderosa was struck by a Mk IV (Pacifier) Cure Missile from Kadeia, curing 1 million infected.
  • : Ponderosa was struck by a Mk IV (Pacifier) Cure Missile from The United Kingdom of Salutemia, curing 1 million infected.
  • : Ponderosa was struck by a Mk IV (Pacifier) Cure Missile from Wiipe, curing 1 million infected.
  • : Ponderosa was struck by a Mk IV (Pacifier) Cure Missile from Kadonia, curing 1 million infected.
  • : Ponderosa was struck by a Mk IV (Pacifier) Cure Missile from The Republic of Geramundo, curing 1 million infected.

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